Whiplash is a soft-tissue neck injury that often occurs in rear-end accidents. When you are rear-ended, the force from the collision (even at very low speeds) causes your head to whip forward and backward, injuring the neck muscles and sometimes the nerve roots, ligaments and even intervertebral joints. The term “whiplash” has been used all too much in fake or overly-exaggerated personal injury claims (Hollywood’s use of the neck brace as a popular prop hasn’t helped), but when it’s real, it can be debilitating and seriously impact your quality of life. Symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, headaches, how back pain, numbness in the extremities, dizziness, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, memory loss, insomnia and other problems.
Whiplash is not limited to rear-end accidents, but might also result from:
- Side impact care or truck collisions
- Football impact and other full-contact sports
- Work-related stress injuries
- Slip and fall accidents
- Downhill skiing and other extreme sports
- Child abuse
Whiplash is common in low-speed, low-impact collisions. Many people choose to suffer with whiplash, thinking the pain will just go away or that the accident was too minor to cause a serious injury. Don’t risk your health or your ability to function normally. If you believe you have been injured in a low-speed, low-impact collision, have your injury examined by a medical professional as soon as possible. To assess whether someone else should be responsible for your medical expenses, property damage and other potential losses, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.