Whiplash is a poorly understood injury, thanks to its use in pop culture as a sitcom trope. The reality, though, isn’t the least bit funny; a whiplash injury can lead to severe pain, dizziness, numbness and even difficulty concentrating or sleeping, according to WebMD.
“Whiplash is caused by an abrupt backward and/or forward jerking motion of the head, often as a result of a car accident,” the site says.
Many whiplash sufferers do not begin experiencing symptoms until up to 24 hours after the initial trauma, lending to American culture’s general suspicion around the ailment. But the injury is very real. Symptoms include:
- neck pain and stiffness
- pain in the shoulder or between the shoulder blades
- low back pain, pain or numbness in the arms or hands
- difficulty concentrating or remembering
- sleep disturbances and fatigue
If you suspect you have whiplash, you should see a doctor immediately, especially in the event of a car accident from which you expect to receive damages. While bones are rarely affected — ruling out the usefulness of x-rays — CT scans or MRIs can be used to diagnose damage to soft tissues, like discs and muscles, and can both lead to effective treatment and protect your interests in a court of law.
Once you have sought medical attention, it’s time to talk to your lawyer at AR White Law about whether you are eligible for compensation for your injuries. Alex has recovered over $1,000,000.00 in damages for personal injury clients thanks to his in-depth understanding of soft-tissue and whiplash injuries.