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Know the dangers of whiplash after an accident

Whiplash injuries are more serious than you may realize. They can lead to long-term pain and injuries. When the soft tissue in the neck undergoes a sudden movement between the head and torso, the strain in the muscles and ligaments beyond the usual range of motion results in whiplash.

Many whiplash injuries happen after a rear-end collision. Even though the headrest on the car seat is meant to support the driver’s head, it doesn’t prevent whiplash because of the way the head moves forward during a rear-end crash.

Whiplash is not just a minor injury

Whiplash is classified as a minor injury despite the fact that its painful symptoms can have lasting effects. Patients suffering from whiplash not only have compromised health, but it also compromises their finances. What can you do to limit this type of injury?

Because many consider whiplash a minor injury, your treatment will allow for immediate mobility. However, it will be limited due to the location of your injury. Whiplash is known for leading to prolonged health issues including partial disability. The financial outcomes you may experience include:

  • Disability
  • Limited or lost productivity
  • Litigation
  • Medical care
  • Sick leave
  • Symptoms of whiplash

The most common symptoms of whiplash include the following:

  • Arm pain
  • Arm weakness
  • Back pain
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Jaw pain (temporomandibular joint symptoms)
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Shoulder pain and stiffness
  • Visual disturbances

These symptoms are serious and can lead to long-term pain and injuries in some cases.

How to limit whiplash injuries

Drivers may reduce whiplash injuries by restricting how much space there is between their head and their headrest. While it’s optimal to have zero space, this is neither practical nor comfortable for the driver. Another option is to use a reactive headrest that moves with the head during a rear impact collision to reduce the risk of whiplash. This design helps move the seat along with the body’s torso, as well as the head with the headrest to prevent injuries.

Contact an lawyer

If you’ve been diagnosed with whiplash as the result of a rear-end collision or any other type of accident, it’s critical that you contact a personal injury lawyer immediately. They’ll help you start piecing your life back together right away.

The Law Office of William E. Raikes III is located in Fort Pierce, FL and serves clients in and around the communities of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie and Vero Beach.

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