WHIPLASH AFTER AN ACCIDENT – MN PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER
Our attorneys have represented hundreds of people with a whiplash injury after an auto accident. It is a very common personal injury. Here is an excerpt from an article we found online that explains what whiplash is, what causes whiplash, and the recommended treatment.
Whiplash is caused by a type of impact that is common in car accidents. Any impact that causes sudden, forceful movement of the head and neck may lead to whiplash. Whiplash injuries are most likely with side-impact road crashes.
Car Crash can lead to a type of neck injury called whiplash – MN Attorney
Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissues of the neck, such as the muscles. Typical features include neck pain that may spread to include a shoulder or arm. Headache is another symptom of whiplash.
Doctors will first rule out or treat other more serious problems before diagnosing a case of whiplash.
Some medical researchers have graded whiplash. It can range from an injury that involves only pain, stiffness or tenderness, and no visible, physical signs of trauma. It can also be more severe, causing reduced movement or nerve effects that lead to weakness or reduced sensation.
The more severe symptoms of whiplash after a car crash are less common and need to be checked by a doctor. These include:
- Not being able to turn the neck as far as usual
- Tiredness, dizziness, numbness, or nausea
- Muscle spasm
Longer-term whiplash problems
A whiplash injury can have lasting effects. One study of whiplash, published in 2012, categorized longer-term whiplash problems as late whiplash syndrome or LWS.
In the study, LWS meant that whiplash kept people from returning to normal life, perhaps stopping them driving, doing their work, or doing leisure activities. It would be classed as LWS if the pain, restricted movement, or other neck symptoms lasted for at least 6 months.
For longer-term neck pain and other symptoms resulting from whiplash, the recommended approach is to try and get back to normal activities when possible. Avoiding or delaying getting back to normal can make pain and disability worse.
Self-care, over-the-counter pain relievers, and other therapies can sometimes help. People with long-term whiplash should discuss these options with a healthcare professional.
CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER FOR WHIPLASH INJURY
If you are injured in a MN auto accident or other accident type and have suffered a severe whiplash injury that is not going away, call as and speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer for a free consultation. Our lawyers have been trusted for over 25 years by hundreds of clients. Our primary focus is to get you complete compensation for your injuries, including medical bills, wage loss, future care, and more.