Whiplash Injuries and the Accidents that Cause Them
Everyone knows that serious car accidents can lead to serious bodily injury, but even minor accidents can have long lasting medical consequences. Whiplash injuries are relatively common, and are often the result of even the most minor rear end collisions. If you’re living with the pain and mounting financial burden of whiplash because of a Marietta car crash, contact an accident lawyer today to discuss your case and options.
Whiplash is a spinal injury that, according to MedcineNet, is due to the “sudden acceleration/deceleration force that causes unrestrained, rapid forward and backward movement of the head and neck.” Basically, getting hit from behind causes your neck, or cervical spine, to thrust backward while your torso pushes forward. This causes an abnormal alignment in your spine, damaging the soft tissue holding the vertebrae together.
Although whiplash is usually not life threatening, it can lead to a host of debilitating symptoms that can seriously impact your daily life and mobility, including: neck pain, headache, shoulder pain, dizziness, fatigue, arm pain and weakness, vision problems, ringing in the ear, and back pain. The most serious cases can even result in depression, anxiety, trouble sleeping, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even drug dependency after using medication to mitigate the pain of whiplash. Damages from a whiplash injury can add up quickly. In addition to mounting medical bills for doctors’ visits, diagnostic tests like x-rays, rehabilitation, and potentially even surgical intervention, you may have to take time off work, or pay for home assistance while you recover. Chronic pain, limited mobility, and long term disability can lead to lasting emotional harm. Imagine spending months or years having to work around an injury you suffered because of another driver’s carelessness.
It’s important to remember that just because whiplash is generally a minor injury, doesn’t mean it has only a minor impact on your life.
If you suffer from whiplash after being rear ended by a negligent driver, contact an accident lawyer to discuss your options. You may be able to recover damages for your medical bills and pain and suffering. We are experienced in personal injury matters and dedicated to achieving the best possible result for every client. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.