Whiplash is one of those injuries you might have heard of, but do not fully understand. It is actually one of the most common injuries resulting from car accidents, and is a term used to describe damage to the soft tissue in a person’s neck. It can be minor in nature or extremely serious.
The reason why whiplash is so common following a car crash is because of the motion of a collision. When a person crashes, he or she rocks forward and then back. This causes the head to roll forward and back in a way that resembles the snapping of a whip. The motion has a tendency to injure the soft tissue in a person’s neck and can be extremely painful.
A delay in symptoms
One of the reasons why whiplash is so misunderstood is because it is an injury that does not always manifest at the moment of the accident. Whereas a broken leg or similar injury is generally apparent when it happens, whiplash can take hours or even days to show symptoms. During this time, the muscles swell and stiffen, and only then does someone fully experience the pain of whiplash. Because of this, injured people may report that they feel fine following a collision, only to later say they’ve experienced an injury. Insurance companies may challenge these claims due to the delay.
Although some may question the veracity of someone claiming whiplash, anyone who has experienced the injury knows it’s extremely painful. Symptoms may include neck pain, tingling, stiffness, blurred vision, dizziness and headaches. Often, these symptoms will disappear after a few days or weeks, but occasionally a person will suffer from them for much longer. In some cases, the symptoms will never fully go away.
If you have been involved in a car accident and are suffering from whiplash symptoms, speak with a skilled Florida personal injury lawyer to learn more about your options.
Attorney Mark Link also contributed to this blog post.