People who have been involved in a minor collision will most often suffer from whiplash. This type of injury is the result of the neck and head being violently snapped forward and back. In a crash where the injured party’s vehicle is in motion, whiplash may constitute a serious injury.
Those who suffer from minor whiplash may believe they do not need to seek medical assessment and treatment. However, ignoring whiplash can have long-term problems. Disability and considerable medical costs could result from failing to visit a doctor or go to the ER after an accident. If symptoms of injury are delayed, it is still advisable to have whiplash treated, rather than trying to ride out the injury without help.
Slow Onset Whiplash
Most people have experienced slow onset whiplash, whether they have been involved in a crash or not. When you whip your head round sharply and get a stiff neck hours or days later, what you are experiencing is a mild form of whiplash. When you consider the force involved in a typical car crash, it makes sense to go to the doctor when the symptoms of slow onset whiplash begin to appear.
You may or may not feel better with time. However, pain is not necessarily an accurate indicator of the seriousness of a whiplash injury. If damage has occurred to muscles, joints, or your spine, the most serious symptoms may take months to progress. All the while, the activities you participate in every day could be exacerbating an undiagnosed and potentially serious injury.
It is not worth risking your future health and earning capacity when whiplash and associated injuries are treatable in the majority of cases. Your doctor may recommend treatment options, as simple as taking pain medications and wearing a neck brace. Ruling out serious injury will be worth the time it takes to attend an appointment with a medical professional.
Soft tissue damage is a common result of whiplash; with more severe injuries impacting on the spinal cord and neck joints. You may experience long-term headaches if you suffer whiplash in an accident. There are a number of other symptoms which may include:
- Dizzy spells
- Stiffness and pain in the neck/shoulders
- Spinal, upper, and lower back pain
- Recurring jaw pain
- Disrupted sleep
- Numbness/loss of feeling in limbs
- Ringing in the ears
- Loss of memory/concentration
- Changes in vision
Whiplash Compensation Claim
Medical records which show you suffered whiplash and related injuries in a crash will support your claim for compensation. You can hire a reputable personal injury lawyer in Georgia to help you build a strong case for damages and losses due to pain and suffering. H. Lehman Franklin P.C. has an established reputation as firm that specializes in cases involving whiplash and other injuries resulting from auto-accidents. Call our offices today at 912-764-9616 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about putting a case together for compensation. We provide a free consultation to help potential clients make informed decisions about their next step in recovering after an accident.