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
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.