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Treating Whiplash in your Personal Injury Case

The term "whiplash" is used to describe a range of neck injuries -- particularly soft tissue damage to the neck -- common in many rear-end car accidents.

When a car is rear-ended, the impact propels the driver's and passengers' bodies forward while their heads stay in place, exposing the neck to sudden, extreme extension and flexion that follows a whip-like motion. So injuries to the neck that result from this extreme snapping or jerking are commonly called whiplash.

Common Causes of Whiplash Include:

  • car and truck accidents;

  • contact sports like football, hockey, and soccer

  • intentional assaults that produce head trauma (a hard shove from behind, for example)

  • skiing and snowboarding accidents

  • repetitive stress injuries at work

Whiplash is commonly caused by low speed, low impact, rear-end automobile collisions. The causes of whiplash are complex and relate to a range of factors beyond just the force of impact. These factors include the position of the driver or passenger's head at the time of impact; the person's seating position, height, and gender; the position of seat and head restraints; and the relative size and weight of the vehicles involved in the accident.

Whether resulting from a car accident or other type of mishap, signs of a whiplash or neck injury include:

  • neck pain and stiffness

  • decreased range of motion

  • headache

  • dizziness

  • blurred vision

  • shoulder, arm, or back pain

  • unusual sensations (e.g., burning, prickling, tingling in arms)

  • sleep disturbance, fatigue, or trouble concentrating, and

  • other cognitive or psychological difficulties.

If you’ve been involved in an accident, contact Sgro & Roger today for a free consultation.


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