Whiplash is an incredibly common – but often overlooked – car accident injury. Even seemingly minor car accidents, such as rear-end accidents, can result in whiplash injuries that can turn out to be quite severe. In fact, according to a study commissioned by General Motors (GM), whiplash can occur in car crashes at speeds of less than 8 miles per hour. The GM study also found that more than half of all car accident injuries involve whiplash – an injury that lingered at least three years post-accident for 30% of those who suffered neck injuries in an auto accident.
What Are the Causes and Symptoms of Whiplash?
Whiplash is caused when the head is violently thrust backward and forward, causing damage to the neck, including intervertebral joints, discs, and ligaments. Most whiplash symptoms develop with 24 hours of the injury, but in some cases it can take days for the signs or symptoms to develop. Accordingly, it is important to seek medical attention after a car accident even if there are no visible signs or symptoms of injuries.
Common whiplash signs and symptoms include:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Blurred vision
- Concentration or memory problems
- Memory problems
- Ringing in your ears
- Sleep problems
- Pain, tingling, or numbness in arms or shoulders
How Are Whiplash Injuries Treated?
The treatment of whiplash depends, in large part, on the severity of the injury and the nature of the symptoms. Unfortunately, a large number of whiplash injuries go undiagnosed, which can exacerbate the severity of the whiplash injuries. Often times, a patient will wear a soft cervical collar to stabilize the neck for a period of time, followed by a series of rotational exercises.
What Should I Do If I Was Injured in an Auto Accident?
If you suspect that you might have a whiplash injury following an auto accident, you should immediately obtain medical treatment. Even if there are no visible signs or symptoms of whiplash, you may want to see a doctor since many whiplash injuries are not immediately apparent. Make sure to retain all medical records, documentation, and receipts.
You may also want to consult with a knowledgeable auto accident attorney like those at the Chicago personal injury law firm of Ankin Law Office, LLC. Not only can we help you get the medical attention you need, but we can advise you of your rights, communicate with insurance companies, and advocate on your behalf to get you the compensation that you need and deserve for whiplash and other car accident injuries.
Contact a Knowledgeable Chicago Auto Accident Lawyer
If you were injured in an Illinois auto accident, contact Ankin Law Office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago auto accident lawyers.