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How Do I Know If I Got Whiplash In a Traffic Accident?

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When your car is in a collision, the vehicle can suddenly lurch forward or backward.  In a crash, regardless of whether you’re wearing a seat belt or a shoulder harness, your torso shifts with the vehicle, but your head and neck stretch and pull around abruptly. People who have suffered whiplash or other neck injuries as a result of a car collision should seek legal advice.

What Is Whiplash? 

Whiplash is a neck sprain or strain usually caused by being rear-ended in a vehicle, which causes the head to snap back and forth like a whip. The ligaments, tendons, and discs in the neck can be seriously damaged by a whiplash injury. It could take days, months, or even years for you to get back on your feet. However, many patients will heal in a matter of days or weeks, thanks to the fact that most forms of whiplash cure on their own.

Symptoms of Whiplash

Whiplash signs include neck pain, swelling, and reduced range of mobility, but there may be many more symptoms.  Some people can experience upper to middle back discomfort as a result of whiplash, particularly if they are in a lot of pain right after the accident.

Some indications and effects of whiplash tend to involve:

  • Tension or migraine headaches
  • Stiffness or tenderness in the neck 
  • Suffering from elbow, upper back, or arm pain
  • Feeling pins and needles in arms 
  • Tiredness
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Vision is blurry
  • Ringing eardrums 

When Whiplash Doesn’t Show Up Right Away 

Whiplash symptoms can sometimes be seen right away. They can, however, emerge or worsen one or two days after the incident. Symptoms may not appear until several days following an accident in many circumstances. Whiplash signs can be obscured at first by more severe pain. 

In this case, it may be difficult to obtain medical care that relates your injuries back to the earlier accident. This can make it more challenging to illustrate to a court that you were, in fact, severely injured and it simply took time to understand the full scope of the damage done. 

Get Compensation for Whiplash Injuries After a Traffic Accident Today 

It may be difficult to prove fault in a personal injury case involving whiplash or any kind of neck injury. Whiplash cases require a lot of effort and expertise, which can only be provided by an accomplished Los Angeles whiplash lawyer. Call for a consultation today at 888.603.0201.

By : Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer Chad Lewin | May 1, 2021 | Traffic Accident