Whiplash is a Common Injury Associated with Car Accidents

If you have been in a car accident in Kentucky, you need to be aware of the symptoms of whiplash.  Whiplash is a common injury resulting from a car crash, when one vehicle rear ends another. 

A whiplash injury can be defined as a hyper-extension of the neck.  According to MedicineNet.com, the mechanics of whiplash are believed to be as follows, “The victim may be first pushed or accelerated forward, pushing the body forward, but the head remains behind momentarily, rocking up and back, and some muscles and ligaments may be stretched or torn. These muscles, in a reflex action, contract to bring the head forward again, to prevent excessive injury.”  As the head travels forward, overcompensation may occur when the vehicle decelerates.   The head may be rocked violently, which can stretch or tear even more ligaments and muscles.

Whiplash is not considered to be a life threatening injury.  However, it can still result in a prolonged period of disability.  Whiplash can be painful and lead to complications, such as lost wages, during the recovery time and increased medical expenses.  Most people with whiplash injuries recover quickly, but others may experience symptoms for years.

The symptoms of whiplash vary depending on the severity of the injury.  Some of the most common whiplash symptoms include the following:

• Neck pain
• Neck stiffness
• Headache
• Fatigue
• Dizziness
• Shoulder pain or stiffness
• Jaw pain
• Arm pain or weakness
• Vision problems
• Back pain

There are also symptoms associated with “whiplash associated disorder,” which can occur with severe and chronic cases of whiplash.  These symptoms include depression, anger, frustration, anxiety, stress, post-traumatic stress syndrome and insomnia.

If you believe that you have a whiplash injury, your doctor will conduct an examination and possibly diagnostic tests, such as an x-ray.  Your doctor will prescribe treatment based on your symptoms.  For example, you may be given medication to help manage the pain or a soft cervical collar to prevent any additional injuries.  In some cases, physical therapy may be recommended to help strengthen muscles and reduce painful motions.

Compensation for Whiplash Injury Cases
A car accident that resulted in whiplash injury can entitle you to compensation.  When a car crash is caused by another driver and you sustain whiplash, you may be able to recover damages for your medical expenses, lost wages and other costs associated with your injury.  Contact an experienced Kentucky car accident lawyer at Gray and White Law at 1-502-210-8942 or 1-888-450-4456.

Matthew L. White
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