One of the most common injuries that people suffer in a car accident, especially a rear-end collision, is whiplash. This is also a frequent sports injury, especially with contact sports like football. The idea of whiplash might not seem all that serious but in fact, the after-effects can lead to a long and painful recovery process.
What Exactly is Whiplash?
Whiplash occurs when a sudden and powerful force causes a person’s head to move backward and forward unintentionally. This causes the soft tissue and muscles in your neck to extend beyond the normal range of motion. In doing this, the tissue and muscles are often torn or damaged. This overextension can cause intense pain, limited range of motion, and discomfort.
Although car accidents are the most well-known cause of whiplash, other incidents might include:
- Contact sports (wrestling, football, boxing)
- Physical abuse, shaking or a sudden blow to the head
- Bicycle accidents where contact is made with the pavement
- Ski accidents
The Dangers of this Injury
One of the most significant dangers of whiplash is that the symptoms might not show up right away. Due to the nature of the accident, endorphins oftentimes mask the initial seriousness of a neck injury. One of the dangers of whiplash is that a neck injury oftentimes affects the spine as well and can lead to a lifetime of back and neck pain.
Signs You Have Whiplash
The symptoms of whiplash might not show up for a few hours or even days after the accident occurs. For this reason, it is always important to seek immediate medical attention if you believe you have experienced whiplash. A doctor can evaluate your case and monitor your progress. If you were injured by a negligent driver, having medical documentation of your injury will be essential for your case.
Some of the common indicators that you have whiplash include:
- Sharp pain in your neck and upper back
- Feeling pins and needles
- Stiffness in your neck
- Heaviness in arms, shoulders, hands
- Dizziness, ringing in ears
Road to Recovery
As with most soft tissue injuries, the typical prognosis is that it takes time to recover. Oftentimes, a doctor will prescribe a painkiller to help ease the discomfort. In some cases, you will be required to wear a neck brace to limit your movement as you recover. The combination of a limited range of mobility and a long recovery time (typically several months) often means that people must take extended time off work.
Contact a Maryland Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been in an accident that resulted in a case of whiplash, the effects can be devastating. Expensive medical bills lost wages due to time off work, and loss of mobility can add to the stress of the accident. The Lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC have extensive experience working with whiplash and car accident, and sports injury cases. We will closely review your case and work to collect just compensation for your damages. Call us today at (844) 632-7274, or contact us online to set up a consultation.