If you were recently involved in a rear-end collision, there is a good
chance that you have suffered from a "whiplash" injury. What
is whiplash? It is a type of neck injury that is caused by the forceful,
rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck. It earned its name because
of the way the injury mimics the cracking of a whip.
While whiplash most often occurs with a rear-end auto accident, it can
also result from physical violence, contact sports, amusement park rides,
or from another kind of trauma. Even shaken baby syndrome can lead to
a whiplash injury.
Common signs of whiplash, include:
- Neck pain
- Blurred vision
- Memory problems
- Stiffness in the neck
- Sleep problems
- Ringing in the ears
- Difficulty moving the neck
- Numbness and tingling in the arms
In less serious cases, whiplash injuries heal after a course of chiropractic
treatments, pain medication, exercise and other treatments. Usually, great
relief can be experienced within a two or three months with the right
treatment and care.
Not all cases of whiplash resolve quickly. Some accident victims experience
chronic neck pain and other continuous complications. While it's difficult
to accurately predict the outcome, generally when there is a rapid onset
of symptoms including: severe neck pain, headaches, and pain that radiates
to the arms, there is a higher probability of chronic pain.
The consequences of a whiplash injury range from mild pain that lasts a
few days or months, to a severe disability. It is estimated that around
50% of people will experience some lingering symptoms.
Whiplash injuries can occur at speeds of 15 miles per hour or less. The
higher the speed, the more bones, discs, muscles and tendons in the neck
and upper back are damaged. Serious whiplash injuries can lead to TMJ,
Whiplash injuries can be very painful and debilitating, they can affect
your ability to sleep, work, and perform your daily tasks. If you have
suffered from a whiplash injury in an auto accident, or due to another
cause, contact our Bergen County Personal Injury Attorney,
Brandon J. Broderick today!