What Is Whiplash?

When the neck is suddenly stretched beyond its normal range of motion, the upper spine  area and the soft tissue located on the neck can get damaged and cause whiplash.  Whiplash is an extremely common injury for anyone who has been involved in a car  accident. In this blog post, we will explain whiplash injuries after an accident and discuss  some of the indicators to look for after being involved in a car accident.  

Whiplash and Car Accidents  

The mechanism that causes whiplash injuries usually consists chiefly of a  hyperextension, followed by a rebound flexion. Most whiplash injuries are caused in car  accidents where a passenger or driver is injured while sitting in a stopped vehicle that is  struck from the rear. In those cases, even a relatively small speed differential between  the two cars can produce very serious injuries. Research shows that even a 20mph rear end accident can cause the hyperextended head to move forward with an acceleration of  10 G’s, which is 10 times the acceleration of gravity. In whiplash injuries, the muscles and  other soft tissues in front of the vertebral column usually are stretched and torn more severely than the soft tissues behind the column. The sternocleidomastoid muscles and  the anterior longitudinal ligaments can get partially or totally torn. When sufficient force is  applied, vertebral fractures may result with or without rupture of one or more intervertebral  disks. During rebound flexion, the dorsal (posterior) ligaments may be disrupted. This  type of accident does not cause direct damage to the cervical spinal cord and nerve roots,  except in case of vertebral fracture or dislocation. The cord and nerve roots typically are  affected later when the adjacent soft tissues become swollen.  

Indication of Whiplash After a Motor Vehicle Accident  

The symptoms that may be an indicator for whiplash can range from mild symptoms to  more serious symptoms. In fact, surgery is sometimes required to alleviate some of the  symptoms associated with whiplash. Neck injuries are not always an automatic indicator  of whiplash after a crash. While neck injuries tend to be the most common symptom of  whiplash, there are many different symptoms to look out for. In fact, it is possible that an  injury victim may not experience symptoms until several days or weeks after the initial  impact sustained in a car accident. That is why it is so important to get checked out after  a car accident. Even if you feel fine at first, symptoms may develop afterwards and with  a proper medical evaluation, you will have a better chance to detect any injury and begin  medical treatment as soon as possible. When you explain the events that led to your  accident and discuss the seriousness of the impact, your doctor will know what to look for  as it pertains to indicators that you may be experiencing whiplash among other injuries.  If you experience any of the following symptoms, get checked out by a medical  professional: stiffness of the neck, neck pain, frequent headaches, blurry vision,  dizziness, reduced range of motion in the neck, reduced range of motion in the spine, arm  pain, unexplained drowsiness or insomnia. 

Our Car Accident Attorneys Can Help! 

Treating whiplash can be troublesome and irritating. If you are suffering from whiplash  after being involved in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, our South Florida car  accident lawyers may be able to alleviate some of the burden by helping you obtain  compensation for your medical treatment, lost wages, and any other damages that you  may be entitled to. Our firm represents car accident injury victims throughout all of South  Florida. Contact us so that we can provide you with an honest and thorough case  evaluation. Just call us or contact us online to receive a free consultation. We will answer  your questions, conduct a thorough investigation into your accident, and help you  determine the most strategic way to proceed with your claim. We are available 24/7 to  give you a free, no risk case consultation! At our firm, our policy is that if you don’t recover  compensation, you won’t pay any fees for our services. We serve clients throughout  Florida including those in the following areas:

Miami-Dade: Aventura, Coral Gables, Doral, Fontainebleau, Hialeah, Homestead,  Kendall, Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Lakes, North Miami, Tamiami, and Westchester. 

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Jaime Suarez

An experienced legal personal injury defense professional in Miami, who is dedicated to helping accident victims with personal injury cases involving automobile accidents, brain and spinal cord injuries, slip and fall accidents, prescription errors, wrongful death, and accidents at work.