Whiplash: Causes and Symptoms

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Whiplash: Causes and Symptoms

If you are ever involved in a car accident that results in your head ricocheting around like a pinball, you will need to be acquainted with the symptoms and warning signs of whiplash so that you can notify your physician of your suspected injuries as well as your Colorado personal injury attorney.

Some Causes of a Whiplash Injury

Whiplash: Causes and Symptoms

Most people associate whiplash with being injured in a car accident and that is, undoubtedly, one of the primary ways in which people sustain this type of injury. Other means by which a person can suffer whiplash include bodily harm or abuse such as being shaken or throttled or even being kicked or hit in the head and other sports-related injuries. 

All of these actions have the capacity to generate the necessary hyperextension and hyperflexion in the muscles and soft tissue of the neck that is the underlying root of a whiplash injury. This means that your head was thrown forward and back again to an excessive degree or in an extremely violent manner, such as the impact of a car would create. The injury itself is created by the harm that these sudden movements do to your neck. More precisely, the damage that they cause to the ligaments, discs, nerves, and muscles. Usually, after an injury, a tiny vessel in your neck will rupture and send out inflammatory compounds which then cause you to experience pain and swelling in the overall area of the ruptured vessel. 

Some Signs of a Whiplash Injury

Symptoms that are typical of someone suffering from whiplash can physically manifest almost right away or they can take a few days to show up, meaning you were probably completely unaware of your injury. When you are injured in a car accident in Colorado, even if you think you are walking away unharmed, it is absolutely essential that you go to the emergency room or seek other qualified medical attention as soon as you are able. No matter how you feel, do not delay in finding a doctor to look you over after your accident. Any lapse in your solicitation of medical attention could negatively impact your personal injury claim’s validity and, by extension, your possibility of obtaining the financial compensation that you need later on. Some of the first warning signs that you might have a whiplash injury include but are not limited to:

  • Headaches for no apparent reason
  • Stiffness in your neck and/or shoulders
  • Exhaustion for no apparent reason
  • Diminished capacity for movement
  • General uneasiness
  • Seizures and/or muscle spasms
  • Difficulty recalling things that just happened
  • Any level of discomfort

Diagnosing a Whiplash Injury

Since the injuries that make up whiplash occur inside areas of the muscles and soft tissue of your neck that are too little to view accurately with the naked eye, your account of the symptoms you have experienced since the injury occurred are often the primary evidence for your diagnosis. You can submit to an MRI or even an x-ray, but these tests, while occasionally useful, are not necessarily the most dependable when it comes to providing your physician with additional information concerning your injury. 

Are Some People More Prone to Whiplash?

Yes, some people are more prone to getting whiplash than others. Various studies have identified several different risk factors that make a person more prone to whiplash including but not limited to:

  • A medical history of neck issues or neck pain
  • The force of impact against a fully stopped vehicle vs one in motion
  • Your age; older people are more likely to get whiplash
  • Your gender; females are more likely to get whiplash
  • Being the leading vehicle in a rear-end collision 
  • Having a routine, repetitive job, indicating your muscles were likely tensed up before the accident even occurred

Expected Duration of a Whiplash Injury

The conventional diagnosis for whiplash allows for complete healing in approximately 90 days from the onset of the injury.  Studies have shown that as much as 50 percent of those diagnosed with whiplash could experience chronic neck pain for as much as one year or more. Signs that indicate that you might be one of the victims who are at a high risk of enduring this chronic pain include but are not limited to: 

  • You display neurological indications like memory loss or severe, recurring headaches 
  • The pain in your neck radiates all the way down into your fingers and hands
  • Your pain factor has been high since the injury first occurred

Being injured as an outcome of an auto accident can greatly impact the quality of your life. Even car accidents that seem to be fairly insignificant at first can leave you with chronic pain resulting from violent injuries such as whiplash. These kinds of injuries can hinder you from being able to perform your work duties properly, or maybe even at all, or from participating in trips and activities with your family and other loved ones. 

If someone you love has suffered from whiplash as the result of another person’s negligence, then you may be entitled to receive financial compensation for damages. You need a reputable personal injury attorney who is experienced in handling these kinds of cases. 

If you are seeking legal representation for a pending lawsuit and you want an attorney who is esteemed, qualified, and knowledgeable in handling these sorts of injury cases, then the personal injury attorneys at the Injury Victim Law offices are just who you’re looking for.

If you would like a free consultation with one of our skilled personal injury attorneys regarding a case you feel you may have, we are here to help. Please reach out to us by calling (800) 245-2774 to schedule your appointment for your free consultation today.


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