Almost everyone has heard of the term “whiplash,” which refers to a range of possible injuries to the tendons, ligaments, or other soft tissue in the neck. Whiplash commonly results from auto accidents and is most often associated with rear-end accidents. Rear-end accidents often happen at lower speeds and have a lower amount of impact than other types of collisions, such as head-on or broadside collisions. However, this does not mean that rear-end accidents do not often cause serious injuries–and whiplash is a common one.
You May Experience A Delay in Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of whiplash are often not immediately apparent. An accident victim may simply believe that they are generally sore from the accident when, in reality, they have suffered damage to the soft tissue in their neck. Over the next day or so, the following symptoms may arise:
- Limited range of motion in the neck and shoulders;
- Varied intensity of pain in the neck, arms, or shoulders;
- Pain into the lower back;
- Fatigue and insomnia;
- Numbness or tingling in the arms; and/or
- Irritability due to constant pain.
Strains, sprains, and other soft tissue injuries can often be considered to be more minor than broken or fractured bones. Actually, broken bones may often heal more cleanly and quickly than soft tissue injuries. Whiplash can be a chronic injury that can require physical therapy, prescription medication, and other rehabilitative treatment. Some victims require treatment intermittently for months or even years.
In addition to costly treatment, many whiplash sufferers must take time off work, especially if their jobs require heavy lifting or other physical labor. This can result in a substantial amount of lost income and benefits while simultaneously facing extensive and unexpected medical bills. These financial struggles along with physical pain and suffering can substantially affect a whiplash victim’s quality of life and emotional well-being.
Overall, whiplash is not an injury to be taken lightly. Often, rear-end accidents that result in whiplash occur because another party was negligent. Common examples of negligence in this type of collision include:
- Distracted driving;
- Impaired driving;
- Brake failure or tire blow outs;
- Speeding; and
- Other aggressive driving behaviors.
If your whiplash was caused by the negligence or another person or party, you are legally entitled to receive compensation for all of your relevant losses. You should always immediately seek medical treatment following an accident; however, your next call should be to discuss a possible case with an experienced car accident lawyer in Boca Raton.
Consult With A Boca Raton Auto Accident Lawyer As Soon As Possible
At the law firm of Lavalle Brown & Ronan in Boca Raton, our dedicated auto injury attorneys strive to help every client fully recovery, whether they have suffered a soft tissue injury or a major, permanently disabling injury. We understand that injuries like whiplash can have a major impact on your life and result in substantial losses including medical bills, lost wages, and more. Consultations are free, so please do not hesitate to contact an auto accident lawyer at our office at 888-646-1315 today.