Whiplash May Be More Serious Than You Realize

Whiplash is more than just a pain in the neck.  It can lead to other problems and may require the accident victim to take time away from work, causing a financial hardship.  If you have been involved in a Florida car accident, you need to familiarize yourself with whiplash symptoms, treatment and your legal rights.

First, it is important to define whiplash.  According to MedicineNet.com, “whiplash is a relatively common injury that occurs to a person’s neck following a sudden acceleration-deceleration force, most commonly from motor vehicle accidents.”  It is thought to be caused when the neck and head are forced into hyperextension.  This type of injury can affect both the soft tissues and bone structures, leading to a long road to recovery.

Whiplash symptoms are generally easy to identify, but you should always consult with a physician who will be able to diagnose your condition.  Some of the symptoms of whiplash include the following:

• Neck pain
• Stiffness in the neck
• Headache
• Shoulder pain
• Stiffness in the shoulder
• Dizziness
• Fatigue
• Back pain
• Ringing in the ears
• Jaw pain (TMJ)
• Vision problems

In a serious whiplash case, you may develop whiplash associated disorder symptoms, which include depression, anger, anxiety, stress, frustration, insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Once the physician diagnoses whiplash, they may recommend a soft cervical collar to help reduce the range of motion of the neck.  Physical therapy and pain medication may be prescribed depending on the severity of the injury.  If you are experiencing whiplash associated disorder symptoms, you should pursue professional assistance to help you overcome your condition.

When a Florida auto accident is caused by negligence and you are injured, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries.  Contact an experienced Florida car accident attorney today at the Law Offices of Johnson & Gilbert at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890.  We will review your case free of charge.