Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that people can experience in a car accident, and unfortunately, it’s also one that isn’t taken as seriously as it should be. Whiplash can be extremely painful and can wreak havoc on your life. While most cases of whiplash resolve over time, it often takes weeks, months, or years to fully overcome its symptoms. Here’s what you need to know about treating whiplash and when to get legal help after incurring a whiplash injury in a car accident.
Whiplash occurs when the muscles, tendons, and vertebrae in the neck are quickly stretched beyond their normal capabilities. In an accident, the neck can be “whipped” back and forth, putting these tissues under serious strain. Whiplash causes symptoms like neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, the inability to turn your neck past a certain point, blurred vision, dizziness, fatigue, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and trouble sleeping. Undoubtedly, whiplash can cause symptoms that disrupt life and make it difficult to work and complete daily essential tasks.
Since whiplash often resolves on its own, treatment typically focuses on symptom relief. Painkillers may be prescribed, along with muscle relaxants to stop the tender muscles in the neck from spasming as often. Many people need to wear a soft collar to keep the neck stable and will need to engage in physical therapy for some time to heal the tissues and restore range of motion. The treatment of whiplash can last several days, or it can be several weeks or months before a car accident victim is completely symptom free.
Treating whiplash can be expensive, and if someone else’s negligence or carelessness was the cause of the crash, you may be eligible for financial compensation for the treatment you need.
Contact Chalker Injury Law Today
If you or a loved one have been in a car accident, it is always wise to touch base with an attorney to determine if you may be eligible for restitution. An attorney can review the facts of your case and assess whether or not someone else is likely to be the at-fault party. At Chalker Injury Law, we have the skills and resources to help you get the medical care and support you need after experiencing whiplash caused by a car accident.
Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss the details of your case and to learn more about your legal rights after suffering whiplash. Call now at (678) 319-9991.