Whiplash is the result of the hyper extension of the muscles in the neck due to a sudden impact or jerking motion that causes the neck to mimic the motion of a cracking whip. The most common cause of whiplash is rear end auto collisions, which causes occupants in the vehicle to fly forward before being pulled back into their seats by their seat belts. Many people don’t feel the effects of whiplash immediately and may believe that they are okay after the accident, but it is important to seek medical attention after a car accident regardless of how you feel in order to document any injuries that you’ve sustained. The Chicago Injury Center is a personal injury law firm that represents clients in Illinois whose lives have been affected by sudden injuries at the fault of other people.
The Symptoms of Whiplash
It may take up to two days to feel all of the effects of whiplash but the majority of symptoms appear in the first twenty-four hours. It is important to seek medical attention if you are experiencing any of these effects.
- Pain in the neck, shoulders and base of the skull
- Blurred vision and dizziness
- Headache near the base of the skull
- Difficulty concentrating or sleeping
- Stiffness in the neck or inability to move the neck without pain
- Ringing in the ears
- Memory loss
Whiplash is more serious than typical neck pain and stiffness and can limit a person’s ability to perform daily tasks or be able to work.
Treatment for Whiplash
There are multiple treatments available for whiplash depending on the severity of the injury and the symptoms presented. Prescription pain killers are often used to help victims handle the pain as the muscles in the neck heal and injections of medicines that numb tissue and relax the muscles may be required to treat muscle spasms that often aggravate the condition. Ice and heat are often prescribed to reduce swelling and promote healing and patients may be taught exercises to perform to rehabilitate their neck muscles.
The use of cervical collars is on the decline as it has been determined that in many cases, they do more harm than good, but they may be prescribed for those who have difficulty sleeping and to limit the movement of the neck for several hours at a time.
If you have been injured in a car accident and your resulting medical bills, time off of work and recovery have caused you undue pain and suffering and financial distress, contact the Chicago Injury Center to schedule a free consultation with an auto accident attorney about your legal options and rights. You are entitled to compensation in the amount of the cost of your medical care, lost wages and the suffering you have endured. Our team of qualified and experienced auto accident lawyers will fight on your behalf and work with the insurance companies so that you receive fair compensation for your injuries and if we are unable to win or settle your case, our services are at no cost to you.