What are the signs of whiplash?

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, such as one in which your car is struck from behind, it's possible that you could suffer a serious injury known as whiplash.

While not always the case, whiplash symptoms typically present within 24 hours of the injury. However, many people find themselves experiencing pain and discomfort immediately after the accident.

It's important to understand the symptoms associated with whiplash, as this will allow you to receive the proper medical treatment. The most common signs include:

-- Neck pain

-- Worsening of pain when you turn your head

-- Headaches

-- Pain in the arms, upper back or shoulders

-- Fatigue

-- Dizziness

-- Numbness or tingling in the arms

Along with the above, here are additional symptoms that are not as common:

-- Memory problems

-- Blurred vision

-- Irritability

-- Trouble sleeping

-- Ringing in the ears

-- Depression

If you experience any of these symptoms after a car accident, it's imperative to receive immediate medical attention. Your medical team can run several tests, ensuring that they diagnose the injury and provide the appropriate treatment.

Once you understand your injury and impact on your life, it's time to learn more about your legal rights. If your vehicle was struck from behind, it's safe to assume that the other party is at fault.

Since whiplash has the potential to cause long-term health concerns, it's important to understand your legal rights. You may be able to file a claim in an attempt to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Symptoms," accessed April 07, 2017

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