Whiplash is one of the most common soft tissue injuries suffered by those
involved in a car accident and occurs when one’s head suddenly snaps
forward and back, or sideways. This sudden movement inflicts damage on
the neck and its delicate tendons and ligaments, which can be incredibly
painful and take time to heal. Depending on the severity of the injury,
however, the time it takes for the symptoms of whiplash to subside can
In most cases, the symptoms of whiplash will clear up after about 6 months,
but can potentially last for several years or develop into a chronic condition.
Some of the most common symptoms of whiplash include:
- Pain and stiffness in the neck
- Loss of range of motion of the neck
- Headaches that typically start at the base of the skull
- Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, arms, or upper back
More severe symptoms include:
- Blurry vision
- Difficulty sleeping
- Ringing in ears
- Trouble with memory
The symptoms of whiplash do not always immediately follow an accident and
can sometimes take days to appear, so it is crucial to see a doctor for
a full medical evaluation after an accident. He or she might be able to
take precautionary steps to ensure your symptoms are limited and your
recovery time is shorter and less arduous.
If your whiplash symptoms persist after 6 months, this generally qualifies
as chronic whiplash and requires physiotherapy and might even be managed
with prescribed painkillers. Your doctor might also advise you to keep
your head and neck mobile rather than putting it in a brace, to help facilitate
the healing process. If you believe you have suffered whiplash injuries,
be sure to visit your doctor. There are no tests to confirm this condition,
but he or she will be able to make a record of your symptoms, which can
help strengthen a personal injury case if you choose to move forward with one.
Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys
If you were involved in a serious accident and sustained injuries due to
another party’s negligent actions, you have a right to pursue fair
and just compensation. Chances are, you are facing medical bills, lost
wages, and other expenses associated with the accident. At The Weinstein
Firm, LLC, we believe you should not have to pay for the mistakes of others.
We have founded our firm based on the principle that every individual
deserves to have aggressive and formidable representation when they are
most in need of it. With us, you can rest assured you will receive the
representation you deserve.
Contact our office today at (404) 566-7009 to schedule a free consultation
with a knowledgeable member of our legal team.