Also referred to as a neck strain or a neck sprain, whiplash is a condition caused by damage to the soft tissues (muscles and ligaments) of the neck. Whiplash occurs when the sudden impact of a car accident whips a passenger’s neck and head forward and back to the original position.
Occupants of a stopped vehicle are at risk for whiplash when struck from behind by a moving vehicle. Although whiplash may not seem severe, the injuries can require long-term treatment and therapy.
If you or someone you love sustained whiplash trauma in an Alabama car accident, contact Cory Watson Attorneys. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. Our lawyers believe whiplash injury victims deserve compassionate representation, and we’re here to help.
Just call (877) 562-0000 or complete our free initial consultation form to get help now. Your consultation is 100% free, and the details of your case will always remain confidential.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Although any forceful crash has the potential to cause whiplash, there are four types of vehicle wrecks that are more likely to cause this type of neck injury:
- Rear-end collisions
- Side-impact collisions
- Head-on accidents
- Multi-vehicle crashes
The symptoms of whiplash may be hard to detect until several days to a week after the accident, which is why it is crucial to monitor any pain, discomfort, or other possible symptoms you notice.
The following signs could mean that you sustained whiplash in your auto accident:
- Head and neck stiffness
- Shoulder pain
- Jaw pain
- Back pain
- Ringing in the ears
- Arm pain
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty concentrating
If you are experiencing numbness or tingling in the arms or pain when moving your head, seek medical attention immediately. A doctor will need to conduct a full examination of your head and neck, and it is important to have this done as soon as possible.
Treating Whiplash Injuries
Generally, treatment for whiplash injuries involves pain-relieving medication and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs to help with inflammation. Muscle relaxants and a cervical collar (neck brace) might also be part of treatment for whiplash.
Though many cases of whiplash are not severe, some victims will suffer serious, long-term issues, like migraines, neck pain, or a range-of-motion issues.
It is important to contact an attorney who can fight for your rights and the compensation you deserve.
Contact Our Birmingham Whiplash Injury Lawyers
At Cory Watson Attorneys, our skilled team of litigators is ready to assist you with your whiplash claim. In a difficult time, we can offer the peace of mind that your case will be handled with intelligence and compassion while we seek justice for the harm that was done to you or your loved ones.
From our office in Birmingham, Cory Watson is proud to serve communities throughout Alabama. To learn more about how we can help you with your whiplash injury claim, call (877) 562-0000 or complete our free case evaluation form.