One of the most common car accident injuries is whiplash, an injury to the soft tissue of the neck that is caused by a sudden back-and-forth movement of the head. Although often mistakenly thought to be an injury of high-speed crashes, whiplash is often attributed to low-speed collisions.
How Does Whiplash Occur?
Whiplash and neck injuries are more complicated than they may initially seem. A range of factors beyond the force of impact can cause the injury. These factors can include the following:
- The way the driver's or passenger's head is positioned
- The seating position and height of the occupants
- The position of the seat and headrests
- The weight and size of the cars involved
Additionally, studies show that women and elderly people suffer whiplash more than men and younger people.
Whiplash and Its Symptoms
Whiplash symptoms after a car accident will depend on the severity of the injury. Soft tissue of the muscles, ligaments, discs, nerves, or a combination may be injured. No matter which tissues are hurt in your whiplash injury, the symptoms may feel similar.
Symptoms may surface a day or so after the accident or may be felt immediately upon impact. Your symptoms may fall under one of the following classifications:
- Mild – Symptoms are often delayed by hours or until the following day with pain limited to the neck area. Full recovery is often within weeks.
- Moderate – You may feel instant pain, which includes neck spasms, loss of neck motion, and moderate to severe radiating pain. Recovery may take weeks to months.
- Severe – You will display evidence of a pinched nerve with severely intense pain and loss of neck motion, neck spasms, and severe radiating pain. Recovery is weeks to months and sometimes longer.
Whiplash Can Affect Your LifeIf you suffered whiplash because of someone else's carelessness, a lawyer from Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP can help you get the full and fair compensation you are entitled to. To schedule a free consultation with a car accident whiplash lawyer, contact us online or dial 1-844-404-2400 today.