March 17, 2021 |
, The Barnes Firm
Whiplash, unlike other injuries following a car accident, requires varying healing times based on the health of the individual who was injured. At The Barnes Firm in New York and California, clients are always encouraged to get medical treatment immediately following an accident even if they don’t feel they have been injured.
In many cases, whiplash, as well as other common car accident injuries, may not manifest for days or even weeks after the accident. It is always best to see a doctor sooner rather than later to begin your treatment and recovery as quickly as possible.
What is Whiplash?
While nearly everyone has heard the term whiplash, many are uncertain what this type of injury entails. It’s is a soft tissue injury, affecting the muscles and ligaments in the neck, common in rear-impact car crashes. Often the symptoms of whiplash do not appear until days after the accident. This injury can be minor or severe, which means treatment and recovery vary from person to person. Although whiplash is common in car accidents, it can also occur in other types of accidents, such as those suffered in contact sports.
Whiplash happens when the head of the individual in the accident jolts quickly in one direction and snaps back suddenly, much like the action of a whip, and so the name “whiplash.” The sudden, forceful motion damages the soft tissues of the neck, causing pain and soreness. Those suffering from it may also suffer from stiffness, neck pain on movement, headaches, dizziness, loss of range of motion, numbness, tingling, or fatigue. In some cases, whiplash can also cause blurred vision, irritability, memory issues, ringing in the ears, decreased ability to concentrate, sleep changes, and depression.
Recovery from Whiplash
Recovery time for a whiplash injury is as varied as those injured. The health of the injured individual as well as the accident specifics (vehicle type, speed, etc.) determine the severity of the injury. In most cases, these injuries heal fully in a few months, though nearly 30 percent of victims report symptoms for years following their accident. The severity of the pain following the accident as well as pre-existing conditions (arthritis, headaches, etc.) often indicate the length of time for recovery. Whiplash lasting longer than six months is referred to as chronic whiplash.
Whiplash is commonly treated with anti-inflammatories, painkillers, and physical therapy to facilitate the healing process. If you suspect you are suffering from this injury following your accident, you should schedule a complete medical evaluation for a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment plan to ensure your recovery. After getting the medical treatment you need, call on an expert car accident attorney to evaluate your accident and help you get proper compensation for your injuries.
Call on The Barnes Firm For Answers After Your Accident
The Barnes Firm’s expert personal injury attorneys are always prepared with the answers you need following your car accident. If you or a loved has suffered whiplash or other injuries following an accident, let the New York and California law firm’s accident lawyers analyze your case and guide you through the complex details regarding your injuries, damages, lost wages, medical expenses, insurance, and legal options to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
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