Whiplash is a common term used for neck hyperextension or neck strain injuries. Movies and television programs often make light of this injury by implying victims are faking whiplash to take advantage of the court system. This could not be further from the truth.
“A sudden, violent motion of the neck can cause lifelong injuries that can restrict movement and prevent a person from being able to perform every day tasks,” said Thomas D. Bumgardner, Charlotte auto accident attorney. “If a driver or passenger has been injured due to the negligence of another, they may deserve compensation for medical expenses and pain suffered.”
In most cases, whiplash is caused by a vehicular accident. In instances where whiplash is suffered, the victim’s body remains secured to the seat by the seatbelt, while their head is carried forward, sideways or backwards by momentum, resulting in a whip-like motion. This violent motion can cause ligament and other soft tissue damage.
Whiplash occurs in all types of auto accidents, even low-speed, low-impact cases. Any type of sudden movement can cause neck strains and sprains.
The following symptoms will typically be noticed 24 hours after the injury, but it may take several days for them to appear. If one or more of the symptoms appear following a car accident, it should be documented and medical attention should be sought as soon as possible.
- Neck pain or stiffness
- Lower back pain
- Nausea or dizziness
- Blurred vision
- Decreased range of motion
Seek Medical Attention
When it comes to your health, time is an important factor in receiving the best treatment. If you seek medical attention immediately following the accident, your symptoms may not be noticeable yet. If new symptoms arise after your initial examination, return to a medical professional for a second visit.
Keep track of all expenses and maintain a document of your symptoms: when the they began, how long they have persisted, etc. This will help to provide a tangible timeline if you decide to take legal action.
Consult With Your Charlotte Auto Accident Attorney
Medical bills can be costly and lost wages due to an injury can take their toll. If you feel that you or a loved one is the victim of whiplash or other injuries as the result of a car accident, legal consultation is recommended. An experienced lawyer can examine all facts in order to determine if you have grounds to file a personal injury suit.
Thomas D. Bumgardner is a Charlotte auto accident attorney with years of experience fighting for his client’s rights in personal injury cases and getting results. For a free consultation please call us at (704) 870-4779.