What to do When Whiplash Turns out to be a Serious Neck Injury
Whiplash is caused by a sudden jolt of the neck or shoulders. It is a common byproduct of car accidents, and it doesn’t always appear immediately after the collision.
In a rear-end car accident, whiplash occurs because of inertia. As the inertia of your body is moving forward, it’s stopped suddenly by your seatbelt. Your head, though, continues moving while the body is stopped. The “whip” occurs when the head snaps back.
Immediately following an accident, you might feel okay because your body is pumping adrenaline, which masks the pain. Once the adrenaline leaves your body, the pain will set in – hours or days later.
Symptoms of Whiplash
After a car accident, if you feel any of these symptoms, you may be experiencing whiplash:
Neck or shoulder pain and stiffness
- Soreness or pain in the jaw
- Weakness in one or both arms
- Dizziness and vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Back pain or discomfort
- Ringing of the ears
Don’t Delay Medical Treatment
Even though you might feel okay, you should always accept medical care at the scene of the accident because of the fact that adrenaline could be hiding a serious injury.
However, if a paramedic was not at the scene, see a doctor as soon as you can. The longer you wait, the less serious your injury will appear in the eyes of a claim adjuster. They could argue that it was caused by something else and it could appear suspicious that you waited to seek medical attention.
Go to your primary care physician first, and they’ll refer you to a specialist if needed. Avoid clinics that advertise help with personal injury claims, as they likely won’t have your best interest in mind.
See a Car Accident Lawyer
Keep a record of all of your medical treatments and daily symptons, and see a Conway car accident lawyer. Whether you decide to make an insurance claim or pursue a lawsuit against the guilty party, a car accident lawyer can help determine the best course of action.