When an auto accident occurs, one of the most common injuries is called “whiplash.” This is a somewhat imprecise term referring to a wide range of injuries to the soft tissue of a person’s neck. The injuries may be relatively minor or quite severe in nature.
Whiplash gets its name from the motion required to cause the injury, as it happens when a person’s head is snapped forward and then back — somewhat in the style of a snapping whip. This is common in car accidents where the forward motion of a vehicle is suddenly stopped, and the vehicle’s occupants are rocked forward and back, especially when wearing seat belts.
Delayed symptoms common
When an individual suffers whiplash, the injury could take hours or even days to fully show symptoms. For this reason, following an accident, victims may say that they are fine, only to later complain of an injury after the soft tissue in the neck has had a chance to swell. Thus, there are sometimes suspicions around these claims, as whiplash itself is a misunderstood injury.
Anyone who has suffered the effects of whiplash knows that it is all too real. The symptoms are often very painful and may include neck pain, stiffness, tingling, dizziness, blurred vision and headaches. These symptoms may disappear quickly or they may linger for weeks or even months. For an unlucky few, the effects of whiplash may never fully disappear.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a Florida car accident, meet with an experienced personal injury lawyer at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh right away.