Whiplash injuries are serious injuries victims of car accidents can suffer and can be costly and difficult to treat. It is important that car accident victims suffering from whiplash injuries, or who think they may be suffering from a whiplash injury, are familiar with the symptoms of a whiplash injury and how the personal injury legal process can help.
Victims of car accidents should have all of their questions concerning whiplash and other soft tissue injuries answered. Whiplash injuries include injuries to the vertebrae, muscles and ligaments and can be referred to as a cervical sprain, a cervical strain or hyperextension and most commonly occur when the victim's head is thrown violently back and forth during a car accident. Because whiplash injuries can worsen over time, the full extent of the injury may not be apparent right after the car accident.
Victims of car accidents should know how to spot a whiplash injury. Symptoms of whiplash injuries include serious neck pain such as a dull aching pain; tightness and stiffness in the neck; back pain; dizziness; headaches; balance problems; memory problems; and problems concentrating. In addition to being difficult to spot, whiplash injuries can also be challenging to treat. It can take an extended period of time to heal from a whiplash injury and may require specialized treatment and care.
Because a whiplash injury can mean time way from work and costly medical bills, personal injury legal protections are available to help injured victims get help with the physical, financial and emotional costs of a whiplash injury. Because of this, victims of whiplash injuries should be familiar with their legal rights which can allow them to recover medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages through a personal injury claim for damages against a negligent driver responsible for their injuries.