Some injuries that you could sustain in a car crash are evident straight away. If you break your foot on the pedal, you will notice as soon as you try to stand up. If you crack a rib on the steering wheel, you will feel immediate pain. Other injuries, however, may take longer to notice — yet, they can have potentially serious long term effects. Whiplash is one of those.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is an injury to the neck caused when your head is thrown forward or backward with sufficient force. Your neck consists of muscles and tendons, which help to support your head. When overstretched, they can tear, causing temporary or long-term pain and reducing mobility.
Rear-end collisions are the most frequent cause of whiplash, but it could occur in any vehicle accident.
What are the signs of whiplash?
Not everyone will experience the same symptoms. If you experience any of the following, it would be wise to get checked by a doctor.
- Neck pain
- Limited neck mobility
- Headaches emanating from the base of the skull
- Pain in the neck or shoulders
- Muscles spasms in the neck or shoulders
Whiplash can be evident immediately, or it may take days. It just depends. While many people recover quickly, others suffer chronic neck pain for years after the event.
What happens if you’re injured in a wreck?
If injured in a car crash, you will face considerable expense, as well as pain and suffering. The insurance company will be seeking to pay out as little as possible. An experienced attorney can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.