Whiplash injuries are serious injuries car accident victims may suffer if their head has been thrown violently back and forth in a car accident. A whiplash injury can occur at any speed, including at low speeds, and because victims may not always know they have suffered a whiplash injury right after the car accident, victims should know what to watch for.
In addition to not always being immediately evident, whiplash injuries can also worsen over time and be difficult to treat. Whiplash injuries are a type of soft tissue injury to the vertebrae, muscles and ligaments in the neck. Whiplash injuries are also referred to as cervical sprain, cervical strain or hyperextension injury. As victims are able to relax somewhat following the immediate trauma of an unexpected car accident, the signs and symptoms of a whiplash injuries they have suffered may become more obvious.
Signs and symptoms of a whiplash injury victims may suffer can include tightness and stiffness in the neck; dull, aching and serious neck pain; back pain; dizziness; headaches; balance and equilibrium problems; memory problems; and difficulty concentrating. All of these symptoms and a whiplash injury may require immediate and ongoing medical treatment and care for victims. As a result, it is important for car accident victims to be familiar with the ways a personal injury claim for damages may be able to help.
By bringing a personal injury claim for damages against a negligent driver responsible for the injuries and harm the victim has suffered, the victim may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, future medical care costs, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. It is worth it for victims of whiplash injuries to be familiar with the symptoms of a whiplash injury and the how a personal injury claim for damages may be able to help them.