Personal injury claims are available to help victims who are injured in a car accident with the damages and harm they experience. In the past, this blog has discussed the serious nature of soft tissues injuries that can be suffered in a car accident, but it is also helpful to better understand whiplash injuries which are a serious type of soft tissue injury that is common in car accidents.
When a victim’s head snaps violently back and forth during a car accident, a whiplash injury can occur. Whiplash injuries may be referred to as a cervical sprain, cervical strain, or hyperextension injury. Whiplash injuries include harm to the vertebrae, muscles, and ligaments and do not require high speeds to occur. The full extent of a whiplash injury may not be immediately obvious following a car accident, so it is important for victims to know what to watch for and to get the help they need.
Signs and symptoms of a whiplash injury can include tightness and stiffness in the neck; severe neck pain such as a dull aching; dizziness; headaches; problems balancing; memory problems; problems with concentration; and back pains. Whiplash injuries can be difficult to treat and recover from and may require visits to a specialist to treat. Fortunately, personal injury legal protections can help car accident victims suffering with whiplash injuries get help with their medical expenses and other damages.
The process of recovering from a whiplash injury can be slow, which is why it is useful for victims to be familiar with personal injury legal options which can help with their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. The legal process helps make sure car accident victims are protected and can get the help they need with their physical, financial, and emotional damages following a car accident, regardless of the type of injuries they are facing.