One common injury sustained during a car accident is whiplash. Whiplash is a neck injury that involves a strain or a sprain. It is caused by the abrupt jerking of the neck backwards or forwards beyond its normal range of motion, often resulting from an impact injury. Whiplash can cause injury to joints located between the vertebrae, ligaments, discs, muscles, and the roots of nerves.
If you have been in a car accident, you may not realize that you have suffered from whiplash until up to 24 hours after the incident. Even low impact accidents at speeds as low as 15 miles per hour can cause whiplash; the severity of the injury is not always related to the severity of the accident. Symptoms of whiplash include:
- Stiffness, tenderness, and pain in the neck
- Neck swelling
- Neck muscle spasms
- Shoulder or shoulder blade pain
- Lower back pain
- Difficulty moving the head
- Pain that shoots from the neck into the shoulder or the arm
- Difficulty remembering events or concentrating
- Numbness in the arms and hands
- Tingling, weakness, loss of function in arms or legs
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Sleep problems
If you are involved in an accident and experience these symptoms afterward, it is important to seek medical assistance immediately.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, you may be able to gain compensation for your injuries from the responsible party. A qualified Rhinelander car accident attorney from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can evaluate your situation and determine if you have grounds for legal action. Contact our offices today at 800-242-2874 to schedule a free initial consultation.