For anyone who has ever been in a car accident, you may be aware of an injury known as whiplash. This injury is often misunderstood but is a common result of a car collision, especially when it involves a rear impact. Whiplash injuries can result from even minor accidents if a car is struck in the right way.
Whiplash happens when the soft tissue in a person’s neck is injured. This is an especially vulnerable area of the body where thousands of tiny nerves meet. When a person is involved in an accident, their body may be rocked forward and then back, causing severe extension and flexion of their neck. This action, which somewhat resembles the snap of a whip, can cause swelling and pain in the person’s neck, which is commonly referred to as whiplash.
One reason why the injury is so frequently misunderstood is that it does not always manifest immediately. Often in the minutes or even hours following an accident, a person will report feeling fine only to wake up the next day in severe pain. This can raise questions about their credibility and they may be accused of faking the injury to pursue a legal case.
However, for anyone who has ever experienced whiplash, you know that this is actually a very serious and painful injury. Common symptoms of whiplash include but are not limited to pain in the neck and back, severe headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, muscle spasms and more. For most people, these symptoms disappear after a few weeks or months, but some people may suffer the effects permanently.
If you have suffered a neck injury in a car accident, you may have the right to recover damages for your injuries. To learn more, speak with a skilled southern California personal injury attorney at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.