Whiplash is a result of sudden, forceful backward and forward movement of the head, often occurring in auto collisions or through physical abuse, sports injuries, or certain rides. The injury involves the stretching and tearing of neck muscles and ligaments beyond their normal range, leading to symptoms that may not manifest immediately.
While often considered mild, whiplash can cause persistent pain. Causes include car accidents, physical abuse, sports, and falls, among others. Complications may result in chronic pain or headaches with no clear medical explanation.
Symptoms, such as neck pain, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue, typically appear within 24 hours but can last for weeks. Less common issues may include concentration problems and ringing in the ears.
Treatment and Diagnosis
Mild to moderate cases can be self-treated with over-the-counter medication and home remedies. However, medical attention is advised for persistent or severe symptoms, including neck pain that recurs, radiates to shoulders or arms, or involves numbness or weakness.
Diagnosis involves a physical exam, questions about the injury, and imaging tests like X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. Treatment includes over-the-counter pain relievers, prescription medications for severe cases, muscle relaxants, and the application of ice or heat. Physical therapy, exercises, and good posture are crucial for recovery.
Alternative aftercare options, such as chiropractic care, massage, electrical nerve stimulation, and acupuncture, may be considered. Long-term complications are rare, with most people recovering fully within three months, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Compensation for Whiplash Injuries
Dealing with whiplash injuries following a crash can pose challenges in securing rightful compensation, as insurance adjusters may doubt the legitimacy or severity, particularly when whiplash is the primary injury. At Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh, our Sarasota-based law firm understands the complexities victims face. We are committed to assisting you in substantiating your whiplash claim with compelling evidence and documentation. Don't accept unwarranted skepticism from insurance companies. Our experienced team is dedicated to ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve. Reach out to us for a complimentary case review, and let us guide you through the process of building and winning your claim.