Whiplash Injuries

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Car accidents are extremely common. More than 2 million people a year are injured or disabled in collisions in the United States alone. Even in small fender bender accidents, drivers and passengers alike can sustain serious injuries. One of the most common types of injury is whiplash.

If you were injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We are available to help 24 hours a day.

What Is Whiplash?

Neck strain is used interchangeably with whiplash. In a car accident, most people are restrained by seatbelts. If a car stops suddenly, your body will stop with it, but your head will continue to move because it isn’t restrained by anything. The force of your neck snapping forward and back with the motion of the car is what causes whiplash. Muscles and tendons in your neck are stretched beyond what they’re used to, which can cause tearing and will require several weeks to heal. Some people feel it immediately, while others might feel it in the next few days.

Symptoms of whiplash include the following:

  • Pain/ tenderness
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Tightness
  • Headaches at the base of the skull that radiate toward the forehead
  • Neck instability
  • Shoulder and upper back pain
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Tingling, weakness, or numbness that radiates into the shoulder and/ or down the arm

How Long Does Whiplash Last?

Recovery time for whiplash can vary by the severity of your injury. On average, the recovery time for a whiplash injury is anywhere from a couple days to several weeks. Most expect a full recovery within three months of your accident.Some complications could occur with whiplash. People can experience chronic pain or headaches for years after the accident; however, this is a very rare aftereffect.

When should I seek medical attention for whiplash?

After suffering a whiplash injury, you may not feel the injury right away. This is common in many car accident victims due to the adrenaline and other endorphins running on high after the excitement of the accident. It is important to know that just because you do not feel the injuries doesn’t mean they’re not there. You should seek medical attention right away after a car accident. Your doctor can give you a physical exam to check your current range of motion as well as run other tests to see if there is any severe damage or inflammation of your spinal cord.

Contact an Experienced Lawyer Today

If you’ve experienced whiplash following an accident, make sure you see a doctor as soon as possible. Not only can this medical treatment help you manage any pain, but it will also be proof you may later need to file a personal injury claim. Likewise, if an insurance company tries to deny you coverage for your medical bills, your visit to the doctor can be just what you need to prove your injury was severe enough to merit treatment. You may also need the help of a skilled Greenwich personal injury attorney. Our firm, Ivey Barnum & O’Mara, LLC, has more than 30 years of legal experience to offer your case. Our lawyers are dedicated to helping the victims of negligence, and we have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Let us see what we can do for you.

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