Car accidents often cause whiplash, specifically rear-end collisions. If you feel the following symptoms after a car accident, you may have whiplash:
- Neck pain
- Loss of range of motion
You may assume whiplash is a minor injury that will simply go away with time, medication and exercise. But that is often not the case. This neck injury can have long-lasting and severe complications. Some car accident victims develop chronic pain. This is why seeking medical care sooner rather than later, adhering to treatment plans and refusing lowball settlement offers are all crucial steps to take after a car crash.
Aside from the symptoms above, whiplash injuries can cause blurry vision, sleep disturbances, difficulty concentrating, ringing in the ears, depression, irritability and memory problems. These are early indicators of a more serious injury.
Predicting long-term consequences
According to a recent study, whiplash is more likely to result in disability in those who have strong neck pain, severe headaches and negative emotions following whiplash trauma.
The effects of whiplash can last for months and years. Your injury may result in chronic neck pain or consistent headaches. You may have a higher risk of a worse outcome if you have existing neck or low back pain, are of older age or have had whiplash injuries before.
A whiplash injury may cause you to suffer a concussion. This is because whiplash trauma involves your head and brain quickly moving backward and forward. Common concussion symptoms include unconsciousness, nausea and vomiting, balance problems, sensitivity to noise or light and slow reactions. Serious instances involve swelling, bleeding or bruising to the brain.
Many people view whiplash as a non-serious injury that does not require much treatment or compensation. But if your whiplash causes long-term effects, you may have a lot of medical expenses, lost time from work and pain and suffering. You deserve to seek compensation for any car accident injury you sustain because of an at-fault motorist.