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How to Identify Whiplash

Whiplash is a rather common injury that is typically caused when a person’s head and neck are suddenly propelled forward as the result of a collision or sudden acceleration and/or deceleration. Most commonly, whiplash occurs as a result of a car accident. Unfortunately, symptoms of whiplash don’t often arise until a few days after a collision or accident, which is why it’s not always properly diagnosed. It’s important to be aware of the common symptoms of whiplash so that the proper treatment plan can be followed.

What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

All too often, signs of whiplash are misinterpreted as something else. Perhaps the most common symptom of whiplash is that of sudden and persistent neck pain and/or stiffness. This symptom tends to show up a day or more after the accident. Other common symptoms include:

  • stiffness
  • muscle pain
  • headaches
  • shoulder pain or stiffness
  • dizziness.

Less commonly, pain in the jaw (temporomandibular joint), arm pain, fatigue, and ringing in the ears may also be symptoms of whiplash. Prolonged whiplash that isn’t diagnosed or treated properly can also lead to what’s known as a “whiplash related disorder.” These can include:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • sleep disturbance

Diagnosing and Treating Whiplash

Any time a person is in a whiplash-inducing situation, such as a car accident, it’s important to seek medical attention—even if the person is not obviously injured. To check for signs of whiplash before the pain even arises, a doctor will take a series of X-rays of the head and neck area. If it is believed that the patient has whiplash, most doctors will treat it proactively by placing a collar around the patient’s neck for needed support. This can help the body to heal the whiplash sooner and may save the patient from a great deal of discomfort in the process.

Seeking Legal Guidance

If you or someone you love has suffered from whiplash as a result of a car accident or another incident caused by somebody else’s carelessness, it’s important to seek legal guidance right away. This way, the responsible party can be taken to court and required to pay for medical bills and other expenses related to the accident, rather than the injured party being stuck with the bills. By having an experienced and professional accident attorney on your side, you have access to sound legal advice, representation in court, and assistance when it comes to building a compelling case.

After seeking medical attention for your whiplash, schedule a free consultation with Ginnis & Krathen Law to see if you have a case. Our goal is to make sure you are on the right path to the compensation you deserve after your accident and to help you return to your normal way of life as soon as possible. Call us (954) 833-7044 today to learn more.