While it is not a medical term, whiplash is the accepted designation of an injury affecting the neck and back that most people associate with automobile accidents. Typically, the effects are felt most severely by those who are struck from behind in rear-end accidents. This force of this impact causes the neck and spine to suddenly and violently extend backwards then forwards.
The injury takes a toll on muscles, tendons, discs, and nerves, so the nature of the complications and concerns that arise as a result can vary dramatically, as can their severity. Making the diagnosis more difficult still, the symptoms may not manifest until some time has passed after the accident.
Pain of Whiplash
The soft tissue (tendons, muscles, ligaments) will typically heal within three months of an accident. If pain persists, and it might, then more serious injuries may have occurred. If you experience any of the following, you may be suffering the effects of whiplash:
- Stiffness or pain in the neck
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Face pain
- Arm/ hand pain or numbness
- Ringing of the ears
- Blurred vision
- Concentration problems
- Memory difficulty
Whiplash injuries can make life extremely difficult and often lead to significant periods of work time being missed. The inability to perform some motor function, this type of injury can lead to medical expenses, wages lost, and other financial hardships.
If you or someone you love has suffered whiplash injuries after a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering. Contact the Waukesha car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 today to discuss your legal rights.