What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash
- January 8, 2019
If you were in a car accident, it is important that you seek medical attention and are able to recognize the symptoms of whiplash . A type of soft tissue injury to the neck, whiplash might also include damage to your intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots.
Pain and treatment can last for several weeks. When your whiplash injury was caused by the negligence or recklessness of another driver or other party, Zanes Law can help. You do not need to suffer in silence or attempt to navigate the legal system alone. We are passionate advocates for those injured due to the carelessness or negligence of others. Call 866-499-8989 now for a free consultation over the phone, in your home, or at the hospital.
What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
The symptoms of whiplash may appear immediately, but can also take several days to manifest.
If you have been in a car accident, motorcycle accident, or otherwise experienced a sudden extension and flexion of your neck (an abrupt back-and-forth movement), seek medical attention immediately so the full scope of your injuries can be explored. Those early test results and reports can be critical in proving your case later on.
The most common symptoms of whiplash include:
- neck pain that may worsen with movement
- neck stiffness and loss of range of motion
- headaches, often beginning at the base of the skull
- abnormal sensations such as burning or prickling (paresthesias)
- shoulder or back pain or tenderness
Whiplash can also cause cognitive, somatic, or psychological symptoms and conditions including:
- memory loss
- concentration impairment
- sleep disturbances
- ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
If you are experiencing the symptoms of whiplash, seek immediate medical attention. Then call 866-499-8989 for advice on protecting your right to compensation.
How is Whiplash Diagnosed?
Most people who experience whiplash see their symptoms resolve within weeks. However, some suffer for months or even years after the accident that caused the whiplash.
Your doctor or the emergency physician may ask questions to help them better understand your symptoms and risk factors. For example, older patients and those who have experienced whiplash before are at higher risk for chronic pain and longer lasting whiplash.
The physical examination is vital in diagnosing whiplash. Your doctor will ask that you perform tasks involving your neck, shoulders, and arms so they can examine:
- the range of motion in your neck and shoulders
- the degree of motion possible before you feel pain
- tenderness in your neck, shoulders, and back
- how your reflexes and the strength of your limbs may be affected
Your doctor may also perform a CT scan, MRI or x-rays to rule out fractures or other injuries that could be causing or contributing to your symptoms. The results of these tests and your doctor’s medical opinion and recommendations are critical evidence in your case.
Your lawyer and our team at Zanes Law are here to make sure you receive the proper medical care. We will gather this critical evidence and document the extent of your injuries, so you receive fair compensation from those responsible. We do everything from A to Z so that you can focus on what matters most: your recovery.
How is Whiplash Treated?
Your whiplash treatment plan will depend on the severity of your injury. In general, the goals are to manage pain, restore your normal range of motion, and get you back to your normal routine as quickly as possible.
Your doctor may prescribe pain medications or recommend over-the-counter (OTC) medications to help control your pain. Your treatment might also consist of:
- recommended rest and immobility
- alternating heat and cold on the affected areas
- prescription or OTC muscle relaxers
- range of motion exercises and physical therapy
- prescribed use of a soft foam cervical collar
- prescription or OTC non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Each case of whiplash is unique. It is important that you follow the treatment recommendations of your medical professional.
What Compensation is Available to Whiplash Victims?
When you are injured in a car accident or otherwise experience whiplash as a result of someone else’s negligence, carelessness, or recklessness, you are entitled to compensation for your damages . Your Zanes Law attorney will represent you in insurance negotiations and, if necessary, in a court of law to ensure you receive compensation for:
- medical bills and prescriptions
- lost time at work
- physical therapy and rehabilitation
- the costs of ongoing treatment
- future medical expenses as a result of the whiplash
Call 866-499-8989 now to learn how much your whiplash case may be worth.
Do I Need a Whiplash Attorney?
Insurance companies aim to limit the amount payable in any case and will try to get you to agree to as low a settlement as possible. Unfortunately, whiplash victims may already be missing work and under financial strain from the additional costs of medical treatment, pain control medication, and physical therapy.
At Zanes Law, we passionately defend your right to fair compensation. You do not need to navigate this system alone. Reach out to us at 866-499-8989, and we will come to you, to see how we can best protect your interests, bring those responsible for your suffering to justice, and facilitate as complete a recovery as possible.