Car accidents bring unexpected trauma that tests the limits of our bodies. Even with the most advanced safety features available, there is only so much that technology can do to lessen the harm a person experiences when a collision occurs.
Whiplash is one of the injuries that we often encounter in personal injury claims involving car accidents. According to the Mayo Clinic, whiplash is a neck injury “forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip”. The most commonly caused by whiplash is rear-end auto collisions.
How Do You Know if You Have Whiplash?
While the effects of whiplash can be immediate for some people and show up within 24 hours in most cases, there have been times that symptoms have taken days or weeks to manifest. Some of the symptoms attributable to whiplash include:
- Neck related symptoms like neck pain, soreness, stiffness;
- Dizziness, headaches, ears ringing;
- Unusual fatigue;
- Indications of nerve trauma, such as numbness or tingling in limbs and extremities;
- Mood or memory issues.
These are also signs that you have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury. Rather than attempting to self-diagnose or find home-remedies, you must seek immediate medical care if you feel or suspect that you have suffered whiplash from a car accident. While many people find their pain and symptoms lessen within several weeks of their trauma, some people have continued pain and symptoms for weeks and years after their accident. A medical provider can properly diagnose you and give you a treatment plan.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney to Explore a Claim
If you have suffered whiplash as a result of another driver’s negligence, you need to consult with a personal injury attorney to explore your legal options. You may have a claim for damages against the negligent party, which can allow you to pursue compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and several other types of harms.
Let the Car Accident Attorneys at Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. Help
If you have been seriously injured in a car accident, you need to consult with an attorney about your legal rights. The attorneys at Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman, L.L.P. provide high-quality personal injury representation and has fought for millions of dollars in damages for our clients. Our nationally recognized attorneys take pride in doggedly pursuing maximum compensation for our clients. Call Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. today at (775) 210-8178 to schedule a free case consultation or contact our office through our website.