The Effects of Whiplash Can Be Serious

“Whiplash” is often a condition that is not taken very seriously. The term may conjure images of plaintiffs in neck braces on the witness stand exaggerating their injuries on television and in movies. However, whiplash is real and is a major concern for many victims. This type of injury can disrupt your life and result in substantial losses so you should always take whiplash seriously.

Whiplash refers to a strain or sprain to the soft tissue of the neck. This can occur when the neck is suddenly stretched or twisted due to a sudden and sharp back-and-forth movement of the head. Whiplash is most often associated with rear-end car accidents as the impact of this type of crash often throws a motorist’s head forward and then back. Whiplash can also result from any type of motor vehicle accident, as well as falls, sports accidents, or assaults.

Common Effects

Whiplash symptoms can either be immediately apparent or take up to 24 hours to develop. If you experience any out-of-ordinary symptoms, you should go to the emergency department or see a doctor as soon as you can. The following are some common symptoms of whiplash injuries:

  • Pain or discomfort in the neck, shoulders, arms, or upper back
  • Stiffness
  • Limited range of movement
  • Increased pain with movement
  • Headaches
  • Numbness
  • Tingling sensations
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Issues with sleep
  • Impaired concentration or memory
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Blurry vision

As you can see, the effects of whiplash can involve much more than pain in your neck. You may experience cognitive or sensory impairments that cannot be treated with pain medication.

In addition, whiplash does not always heal on its own. It can require a course of rehabilitative therapy for the soft tissue to strengthen and recover. It may take months before a whiplash victim can live pain-free and have the full range of motion they once had.

During recovery from whiplash, many victims experience the following:

  • Trouble performing their job duties, especially if a job involves physical activity or labor
  • Difficulty picking up and holding children
  • Challenges with regular household tasks
  • Long-term fatigue due to problems sleeping
  • Depression due to constant pain and limitations

In some cases, whiplash can result in ongoing chronic pain that can last a year or more. Such chronic pain can take a toll on a patient in many ways and can be quite costly.

A Brandon Car Accident Lawyer Can Assist You

Whiplash can result in surprisingly serious losses. You may have the right to compensation for your losses and you should always discuss your injury with an experienced personal injury lawyer. The Lawler Firm, P.A. understands that whiplash is not only a real injury but that it can have a serious impact on your life in many ways. We will do everything in our power to obtain financial recovery for your medical bills, lost income, and other relevant losses. Please do not hesitate to contact us online or call (813) 431-4470 to schedule your free consultation today.

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