Can I Recover if I Suffered Whiplash?
Most of us are familiar with the image of the car accident victim taking the witness stand in a neck brace. This popular image in movies, television, and other media stems from the fact that whiplash is one of the most common injuries resulting from car accidents. Whiplash is, in fact, not a single injury, as the term may refer to a range of neck injuries. Though some whiplash cases may be relatively minor with little necessary treatment, other cases may be severe and may cause chronic pain and other complications.
How does whiplash occur?
Whiplash most often results from rear-end collisions, when the front end of one vehicle collides into the back end of another vehicle. This sudden crash from behind often causes an accident victim’s head to suddenly and violently jerk forward and then backward, similar to the cracking of a whip. This jerking often stretches ligaments, muscles, and other tissue beyond a normal range of motion, which damages the soft tissue.
How is whiplash treated?
Whiplash injuries may be immediately apparent due to pain or difficulty moving your neck. Other symptoms may arise within 24 hours or a few days, including the following:
If you have these symptoms and are diagnosed with whiplash, there are different treatment options that are commonly prescribed. For minor cases, over the counter pain medication may be enough, however many whiplash patients require stronger prescription painkillers, muscle relaxants, or injections. Physical therapy is also commonly necessary and may include ultrasounds, heat treatments, myofascial release, and more. Contrary to the popular image of a neck brace on a whiplash victim, such braces are not usually recommended.
If you have suffered whiplash in a car accident and believe someone else was responsible, you deserve to recover for any medical expenses or other losses that you sustained as a result. The Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Boling Rice LLC are committed to helping injured accident victims receive the compensation they deserve. Call us today at (770) 744-0890 to schedule a free consultation.