A whiplash injury is often overlooked as a “minor” injury and oftentimes attracts much less attention than other injuries or than it deserves. But should this be the case? Considering how a whiplash can very often or easily lead to worse injuries down the line if the individual is not very careful and if not properly treated. Irrespective of the level, type or cause, an injury is an injury and they should also be adequately compensated for, including a whiplash injury.
The sad reality is that given how grave a whiplash injury can turn out to be down the road, many doctors are also often guilty of ‘dismissing’ a whiplash injury as being minor, and as a result, the victims of this injury similarly treat it as such and don’t pay much attention to it.
To paint a better picture of the potential seriousness of a whiplash, we shall talk about some of the symptoms and potential consequences of a whiplash, its long term effect, and more.
So what exactly is a whiplash injury?
A whiplash injury is an injury to the neck as a result of the sudden, forceful, back and forth movement. It is most commonly caused by a rear-end car collision or other accidents, bungee jumps and fall, among others, that results in such sudden neck movements. Given that a whiplash is somewhat synonymous with a neck injury, you should perhaps be able to instantly see how potentially serious a whiplash can be, given the important role your neck plays in the overall functioning of the body.
The sad fact is that many people who suffer from a whiplash often do not know that they have a whiplash. Many people do not even know what a whiplash is until they are told so. After such an individual has been involved in any of the previously mentioned incidents that can cause a whiplash, they may or may not immediately feel that anything is wrong, and in fact they may feel absolutely nothing for the first few days after.
However, it is not uncommon for the individual to suddenly start to experience some strange pain in their neck, which they might often attribute to sleeping in an odd position the night before. And why wouldn’t they? After all, the incident likely happened several days or weeks prior and they had felt nothing ever since. Depending on the severity of the incident, this pain in the neck might extent to the shoulders, and very possibly might come with symptoms such as tingling or numbness in in the fingers and arms, headaches, fatigue and dizziness and more.
It is imperative that you see a doctor immediately you begin to observe any of these symptoms, especially if you have recently been in any incident as previously described.
Lastly, the one thing that has not been mentioned is the importance of consulting with an accident attorney as quickly as possible following the car accident that may be responsible for this whiplash of yours. This is because you do not want to be diagnosed with having a whiplash from a car accident, weeks after the incident has happened, only for you to have to bear the cost of treating the whiplash. While this cost can sometimes not be a lot, in some cases, it can escalate quite dramatically, depending on the severity of the accident that caused it. So speaking to an attorney as early on as possible ensures that he or she lays out all the options that are available to you if in the future some health issues arise that was caused by the accident.