Whiplash injuries are among the most common injuries clients walk in with, particularly those involved in rear end accidents. Whiplash symptoms and side effects can linger for weeks following the accident, and sometimes even continue to impact the car accident victim for months or even years. Whiplash is a common, but serious injury that nearly anyone can suffer if they are involved in a car accident. There is little you can do to prevent whiplash injuries, but you can take steps following the accident to protect your legal rights.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a soft tissue injury to the neck, also commonly referred to as neck strain or sprain. Whiplash is often sustained in car accidents, especially rear-end accidents. It occurs as a result of the rapid back and forth whip-like motion of the head and neck which stems from another vehicle hitting your vehicle.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Potential symptoms of whiplash include:
- Neck pain
- Neck stiffness
- Injury to surrounding neck muscles or ligaments
- Shoulder or back pain
- Burning or prickling sensation around the neck
It is important for car accident victims to know that the symptoms of whiplash may not fully manifest for hours or even days after the accident. The initial adrenaline released from the crash can mask feelings of pain and whiplash in particular can hide for some time, only for accident victims to wake up a day or two later with extreme neck pain. It is always wise to have yourself examined immediately after any serious car accident, even if you do not feel pain at the time. As soon as you begin to experience symptoms of whiplash or other injuries, head directly to a medical professional for treatment.
Most whiplash sufferers will experience a resolve of their injuries within a few months. However, some people continue to experience symptoms for several months or even years after the accident. Chronic pain can plague a select few whiplash sufferers, resulting in restricted range of motion, ongoing headaches, and considerable pain. Complications from whiplash are more likely if the initial onset of the injury consisted of rapid, severe pain, headaches, and pain radiating to the arms.
Whiplash Injury Claims
If you have been injured due to the negligence of another and suffered a whiplash injury, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Whiplash car accident victims may be able to seek recovery for their medical expenses, including neck brace devices, lost wages, pain and suffering, ongoing medical costs, rehabilitation, and more. Your lawyer will assess your potential claim and advise you as to the strength of your case. Consult with an attorney as soon as possible after your injury to protect your legal rights.
Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano: Experienced and Professional Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car or traffic accident in South Florida, the Miami Personal Injury Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano are here to help. Our exceptional firm offers over 130 collective years of experience representing personal injury accident victims across South Florida. Our dedicated lawyer staff provides legal representation of unmatched excellence, evidenced by our array of awards. We received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and are ranked as a top firm in South Florida by the Miami Herald. Contact our firm as soon as possible to start on the road to protecting your legal rights. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.