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Is Whiplash a Legitimate Injury?

Posted on in Personal Injury

California injury attorney, California car accident lawyerWhiplash is commonly reported by people in car accidents. In fact, it is the most common motor vehicle accident injury. Many San Jose car accident attorneys find that people do not know what whiplash is until they experience it for themselves. Whiplash is a serious condition that affects one of the body’s most vulnerable parts: the neck and spine. Whiplash can injure spinal bones, spinal discs and neck tissue, nerves, muscles, and ligaments.

Whiplash Definition

Whiplash is inflicted on drivers or passengers in a car accident that causes the head to rapidly move back and forth. This injury gets its name because the neck moves in such a way that looks like a cracking whip. Whiplash is most often caused by rear-end collisions. However, whiplash injuries can be sustained by any type of car accident or any other traumatic accident.

Whiplash Symptoms and Treatment

Many people with whiplash injuries do not feel that they are hurt at the scene of the accident. It is common for whiplash symptoms to manifest 24 hours or more after the accident. It is important to keep track of how you are feeling in the days and weeks after a car accident.

Common symptoms include:

  • Pain or stiffness in neck
  • Neck movements that cause increasing pain
  • Limited of range of motion in the neck
  • Headaches, most often originating at the base of the skull
  • Tenderness or pain in the upper body
  • Tingling or numbness in the upper body

Other whiplash victims may experience fatigue, dizziness, sleep disturbances, irritability, and memory loss.

Compensation for Whiplash Victims

If you have been injured from whiplash, you could be entitled to your medical expenses, pain, and suffering and lost wages.

Call a San Jose Car Accident Attorney

If you have been injured in a car accident, it is important that you be seen by a medical doctor who can diagnose you and treat you. A doctor will also be able to rule out more severe conditions like broken or fractured bones, which can mimic the pain associated with whiplash. It is also important that you get your case reviewed by a skilled accident attorney. The accident attorney will be able to explain the strengths and weaknesses in your case and will be your advocate when speaking to the insurance companies. The accident lawyers at Jachimowicz Law Group, Attorneys at Law, Inc. will not accept an insufficient settlement offer and will take your case to trial if needed. Contact the experienced San Jose car accident lawyers at Jachimowicz Law Group, Attorneys at Law, Inc. by calling 408-246-5500 for a free initial consultation.

 

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/whiplash/basics/definition/con-20033090

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19333822

 

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