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Understanding the Dangerous Symptoms of Whiplash

“Whiplash” is a non-medical term that designates the collective symptoms a person may experience when their head is suddenly and violently jerked back and forth—much like the crack of a whip. It’s a very sudden motion that causes painful damage to the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, and ligaments) of the neck.

Common symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Spinal cord hypersensitivity
  • Shoulder pain or stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Muscle spasms

Whiplash injuries are commonly reported after car accidents, particularly in front-end and rear-end collisions. In fact, over 60% of all personal injury claims following a car accident involve neck injuries related to whiplash symptoms. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 800,000 car accident victims reported whiplash injuries between 1988 and 1996. Unfortunately, an accurate annual statistic is difficult to calculate because some victims fail to report or seek treatment for their whiplash symptoms following an accident.

The rapid deceleration that causes whiplash can also lead to dangerous concussions and traumatic brain injuries. Victims that sustain concussions may experience headaches, memory loss, concentration problems, fatigue, or depression. When severe, whiplash symptoms can also include injuries to the disks and joints of the cervical spine.

Symptoms of whiplash typically appear within 24 hours but can affect a victim for several weeks. If you haven’t recovered after 6 months, you may be experiencing “chronic whiplash,” which a medical professional must address.

Pursue Justice & Damages

It’s vital that you seek medical attention following a car accident. Car accident victims often confuse neck sprains and concussions with whiplash, leading to potentially devastating long-term medical consequences.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, contact Buchanan, Williams & O’Brien, P.C. Our St. Louis car accident attorneys have successfully guided countless clients in their pursuit of maximum compensation. We understand that medical bills are expensive and that your recovery may depend on being awarded damages. Because we don’t want your financial situation to prevent you from seeking justice, our firm provides free consultations and works on a contingency fee basis.

Contact our St. Louis car accidents lawyers at (314) 635-7606 to schedule your initial consultation. Our firm offers evening and weekend appointments. For your convenience, we can meet with you at your home or hospital room.