Everything That You Need To Know About Whiplash
Whiplash is one of the most common, yet misunderstood, injuries caused by car accidents. It’s not always clear if the victim of a collision has whiplash because symptoms can take a few days to develop and aren’t always severe at first. How can you tell if you might have whiplash after being involved in a car accident?
Symptoms of whiplash include but aren’t limited to:
Neck Pain That Worsens With Movement
Any pain that you experience after a car accident should be evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible. Often, pain is an indicator that something is wrong, even if it’s not severe. Neck pain that worsens with movement is a clear sign that the neck was affected in the accident, regardless of whether that pain worsens a great deal or only slightly.
Neck Stiffness and Limited Range of Motion
Neck pain is often accompanied by stiffness of the neck muscles and a limited range of motion. A person with whiplash may not be able to turn their head completely to one side or the other or may have trouble looking up or down.
Headaches are one of the most telling signs of whiplash. Most often, whiplash causes tension headaches that start at the back of the skull and wrap around the head. These headaches can feel like someone is “squeezing” the head and can last for hours or even days without relief.
Dizziness and Loss of Balance
Whiplash sometimes causes a condition called vertigo, which can be extremely uncomfortable but is fortunately usually benign. If you experience dizziness and the loss of your balance after a car accident, this is a good indicator that you may be experiencing vertigo caused by whiplash. Symptoms of vertigo can be quite severe, sometimes resulting in a complete inability to walk and vomiting from the sensation of motion sickness.
Finding a comfortable position with your pillow after a car accident can be especially challenging if you have whiplash. Headaches, neck pain, and stiffness can make it harder to sleep and may result in you tossing and turning most of the night.
How a Whiplash Attorney Can Help You
Contrary to popular belief, whiplash is a serious injury that can leave you with chronic, lifelong pain. If you or a loved one were the victim of a car accident and are suffering from symptoms of whiplash, an experienced attorney can help. Call Florida personal injury lawyer Ronald Slonaker for a consultation today at 352.629.6656.