Whiplash is a term that describes injury to the neck that often occurs as a result of a car accident, most commonly a rear impact collision, and most typically, the occupant who gets “rear-ended” (hit from behind) is at the greatest risk of getting whiplash.

How Whiplash Happens 
A rear impact car accident causes movement of the structures within the neck changing the normal curve of the upper back and neck. The sudden backward movement (extension) and forward movement (flexion) can cause the joints of the neck to be injured and can also cause the muscles and ligaments of the neck and upper back to be over-stretched. The neck is particularly vulnerable to this type of injury because of its ability to move in many directions. 

How Whiplash is Diagnosed 
Even if your neck pain is only mild, you should be examined by a doctor as soon as possible. They may take x-rays to rule out any bone fractures. A CT scan or MRI may also be done if there is concern of you having a herniated disc or ligament injury. These tests are better able to identify soft tissue injuries than plain radiographs.

Symptoms of Whiplash 
The primary and most common symptom of whiplash is neck or upper back pain. The pain may start immediately, but sometimes develops days, weeks, or even months later. Symptoms can vary widely. Here are some common symptoms:

  • Tightness or spasms of the muscles the neck or upper back. 
  • Pain with movement of the neck, headache and dizziness. 
  • Difficulty swallowing and chewing and hoarseness. 
  • Abnormal sensations such as burning or tingling. 
  • Shoulder pain. 

Fortunately, with time, the vast majority of people who have had a whiplash injury fully recover.

Have You Been Injured?

If you or a loved one were injured in a “rear-end” or any other car accident, contact one of our experienced attorneys. We will walk you through the details of your claim and help you to get the compensation that you deserve.

The Law Office of Dussault & Zatir, PC

*The above is not to be considered as legal advice. Every case is different and the laws which apply may differ from state to state.

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