An Overview of Whiplash
Whiplash is a common injury that occurs during automobile accidents.
A whiplash injury affects the tissues and bones of the neck and back, which can be damaged during the motion of a sudden stop or rear-end event.
If you or a family member has been affected by whiplash, it’s important to seek not only medical care, but legal counsel as well to understand your options for recompense.
What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
The symptoms of whiplash can occur minutes, hours, or even days after an accident.
Neck pain is the most common symptom of whiplash, but affected individuals may also suffer from headaches, dizziness, a feeling of burning or prickling, a stiff neck, or pain in the shoulders and back.
More severe whiplash can also affect memory, concentration, sleep, and mood.
How Is Whiplash Treated?
There are a variety of treatment options for whiplash; the treatment that is best for you will depend upon your symptoms and any damage caused to your neck or spine.
Pain medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and muscle relaxants, can address discomfort in the neck and back. If mood is affected by whiplash, antidepressants or other medications may also be necessary.
In some cases, physical therapy exercises to strengthen the neck and restore mobility are recommended. Other treatment options include heat and cervical traction.
What Should I Do if I Think I Have Whiplash?
As soon as you suspect you may have whiplash, it’s important to visit a medical professional for a thorough exam.
Even if you were in an accident days ago, an exam is necessary to begin both medical treatment and the legal process.
In addition to contacting your doctor, contact a lawyer to explain your case.
Once you have a positive diagnosis of whiplash, your lawyer can help you proceed with the legal process if you wish to seek compensation for your injury.
Thrush Law Group is here to represent you if you have been injured in an automobile accident.