Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that occurs as a result of motor vehicle accidents and slip and fall incidents, and unfortunately, it’s often one of the most commonly undertreated. Perhaps because it is so common, many people perceive whiplash as a “minor” injury that will resolve on its own. As a result, whiplash symptoms are often ignored or initially managed with pain relievers, ice or heat.
While some cases may resolve with home care, many other whiplash injuries progress over time, causing painful acute or chronic symptoms and often resulting in loss of mobility and partial disability that can last a lifetime. Whiplash can cause serious nerve damage which in some cases may not become fully apparent until months after an accident occurs. If you’ve been involved in an accident that involved a sudden impact to your body, it’s important to understand the symptoms of whiplash injuries so you can get the care you need to avoid serious disability:
What causes whiplash?
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Whiplash occurs when an accident causes a shock to the neck, causing it to jolt forward and backward suddenly or otherwise causing compression of the bones in the neck. The impact doesn’t have to affect the neck directly; in fact, in most cases, indirect forces cause whiplash to occur. These impacts cause the nerves in the neck to become compressed, causing inflammation and irritation that can result in painful and often debilitating symptoms.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
Whiplash can cause pain and discomfort in the neck and shoulders as well as the arms and hands. The most common symptoms include:
· pain that radiates or “shoots” into the arms or shoulder
· neck stiffness
· weakness in the arm
· problems with vision or hearing
· depression and anxiety associated with prolonged, chronic symptoms
While most symptoms resolve with proper treatment, it can take months or even years for symptoms to completely disappear, and some injuries can cause lifelong symptoms that can have a major impact on the accident victim’s quality of life.
How is whiplash treated?
Whiplash is usually treated with medication to relieve pain and inflammation as well as physical therapy to help improve flexibility and mobility and decrease pressure on the nerves. Being evaluated and treated as soon after the injury occurs as possible is an important part of making sure you get the best outcome.
How can a car accident lawyer in Marietta help me get the care I need for my whiplash injuries?
Determining the extent of whiplash is critical to helping you recover medical costs and other compensation associated with your injury. The best way to make sure you receive full compensation is to work with a car accident attorney who understands whiplash injuries and their potential financial implications – and most importantly, one who knows how to defend your rights.
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As a leading car accident attorney in Marietta, Roger Ghai has extensive experience helping accident victims get the compensation they deserve for whiplash injuries and other injuries and costs associated with accidents. He can help you get the care you need as well as gather important evidence from experienced doctors to fully support your case. If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident, don’t delay. Call the Law Offices of Roger Ghai at 770-792-1000 and schedule a confidential consultation with him today.