Whiplash is one of the most common soft tissue injuries individuals involved in car accidents suffer, though its effects are often severely underestimated. In fact, claim adjusters often argue that it is not a legitimate injury, despite extensive proof that says otherwise. This injury is caused when the neck suffers a strain injury, resulting in a stretched, strained, or torn muscle, ligament, or tendon. It is referred to as a soft tissue injury because it does not affect the bone, but rather the surrounding tissue of that area.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for symptoms of whiplash to appear hours, days, or even weeks after an accident has occurred. Regardless if you are feeling any symptoms of whiplash or not, you should visit a doctor as soon as possible. He or she will be able to perform physical tests to see if there is a reduction in muscle strength or loss of sensation. It will also create documented evidence that you sought medical treatment after the accident, strengthening your case if you choose to file a personal injury claim.
Notify your doctor if you experience any of the following common whiplash symptoms:
- Neck pain
- Blurred vision or other vision problems
- Persistent headaches, which might begin at the base of the skull
- Trouble with memory
- Ringing in the ears
- Vertigo, or the sensation of spinning even while sitting down or standing still
In most cases, individuals who suffer from whiplash are able to achieve a full recovery, but without proper medical treatment and care, this condition can become a chronic issue, so you should never ignore it or brush your symptoms aside. Your health is important and, if it does become a bigger issue, you will want to make sure you have the medical records to prove that you sought help for it in order to pursue compensation.
Bowling Green Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident caused by another party’s negligence, now is the time to seek the representation you deserve to fight for just compensation. At the Law Office of Pamela C. Bratcher, our legal team is equipped with the knowledge, skill, and compassion necessary to help you seek the full compensation you need to move forward with your life. We understand how stressful and emotionally difficult it is to suffer injuries sustained in a car accident caused by an irresponsible driver and will do what it takes to hold them accountable for their actions.
Contact our office today at (270) 977-8910 to schedule a complimentary and confidential consultation with a knowledgeable member of our Bowling Green personal injury team.