How Can a Car Accident Cause Whiplash?

August 9, 2021

Whiplash is a common car accident injury. Following a car accident, seeking medical attention is an important step. Victims are encouraged to make an appointment with their doctor to receive a full medical evaluation, which is also vital for a legal claim. The amount one can receive for whiplash will be determined by the severity of the injury.

In a collision, the muscles in one’s neck can become strained because of the rapid movement of going back and forth. This sudden and violent motion will cause one’s neck tendons and ligaments to stretch, causing whiplash. Adrenaline that comes with the shock of a car accident will mask the pain of whiplash before the victim has time to process the injury.

What are the Signs of Whiplash?

Symptoms of whiplash may not develop right away, which is why it is important to seek medical attention after any car accident. A car accident victim should look for the following symptoms of whiplash:

  • Neck stiffness and pain occurring when the neck is moved.
  • Neck pain that results in the loss of range of motion.
  • Headaches that start at the base of the top of skull.
  • Tenderness that sits in one’s shoulder, upper back, or arms that later leads to pain, tingling, or numbness.
  • Extreme exhaustion
  • Feeling lightheaded and dizzy

How is Whiplash Treated?

Several hours or days after a car accident, it may be hard to recognize the signs of whiplash. While pain may not be noticeable at first, it will hit the body harder at a later time. Whiplash will likely consist of neck and spine injuries. Whiplash may not seem serious, but it can worsen if medical attention is not sought.

Some victims recover from whiplash within a few weeks or months, but that is not the case for everyone. People have reported suffering from chronic neck pain, stiffness, headaches, and other sides effects for long periods of time. If one has whiplash, it is important to explore legal options if the symptoms are debilitating.

Media Car Accident Lawyers at Eckell Sparks Provide Legal Help to Clients Suffering From Accident-Related Whiplash

The Media car accident lawyers at Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. will fight on your behalf if you developed whiplash because of a negligent driver. Call 610-565-3701 or complete an online form for an initial consultation. We are located in Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania, and we proudly serve clients throughout Delaware County, Chester County, and Montgomery County.