Car accidents can result in any number of injuries. While these can range from bruising to loss of life, whiplash claims are some of the most common injuries caused by car accidents.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is caused by overextending the neck. It is also known as a hyperextension/ hyperflexion injury, acceleration/deceleration injury, or, in plain words, a neck sprain.
Whiplash is most commonly seen in rear-end collisions. When a car is hit from behind, the force of the impact can throw passengers in the car forward and then backwards rapidly: causing whiplash injuries.
How Serious is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a soft tissue injury. While it is common in many car accident cases, it can be caused by other events, like sports injuries, falls or physical abuse.
The seriousness of a whiplash injury should not be underestimated.
Many times it’s not just the neck that is affected. Whiplash can affect a person’s entire neck area and their back as well.
Some of the symptoms of a whiplash injury include (are not limited to):
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
- Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull
- Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back, or arms
- Tingling or numbness in the arms
Whiplash can even cause blurry vision or ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
One of the more problematic aspects of a whiplash injury is that the symptoms may not show up immediately. In car accident cases, this can cause legal problems – especially if the victim of a car crash delays seeking medical attention because they “feel fine.” Then, days or even weeks later, the symptoms appear.
When the victim of a car accident refuses medical treatment at the scene, or delays in seeking medical attention, or (worse) gives a statement saying that he or she does not have any injuries, this gives insurance adjusters a basis for denying a claim. When, days or weeks later, the person has symptoms of whiplash, it can be too late for his or her claim.
That’s why an experienced personal injury attorney will advise you to immediately seek medical attention if you are involved in a car accident —no matter how minor.
Personal Injury Attorneys in Cumming, Georgia.
The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark Weinstein, P.C., are here to help you. We serve clients in Atlanta, and in several counties throughout Georgia, including: Clayton County, Cobb County, Dekalb County, Douglas County, Fulton County, and Paulding County, among others. To find out how we can help you, call us at: 770-888-7707. Or contact us here.