Whiplash Injuries in Motor Vehicle Accidents

 The so-called whiplash injury is basically a sprain in the cervical  dorsal neck area. The whiplash phenomenon has been described as  the backward and forward snapping of a person’s head, the kind with  which one gets from sudden acceleration of an automobile and which  can result in the stretching of the neck muscles and ligaments which  sometimes produces muscle spasm. This type of injury frequently  occurs with rear end automobile accidents. In this blog post, we will  explain how to spot whiplash injuries after being involved in a motor  vehicle accident. 

 Whiplash Injuries Explained  

Whiplash can be a serious and painful injury that often doesn’t bother  you until two or three days after the accident. Medical experts say  that the so-called whiplash otherwise known as cervical dorsal sprain  or simply neck injury is the type of injury that frequently occurs in  rear end automobile accidents. An individual sitting in a car seat who  does not have adequate support for their head will be subjected to a  tremendous amount of force during an unexpected rear end accident.  The hyperextension of the neck causes a backward bending of the  neck which is said to be due to the unique anatomy of the neck and dorsal portion of the spine in comparison to that of the rest of the  vertebrae. In any event, the degree of injury or the damage to the neck  and/or spine can only be determined by proper medical diagnosis by a  physician. It is important to understand that whiplash injuries  sometimes arise days or weeks after an accident.  

Common Symptoms of Whiplash Injury  

The more common symptoms of a wish whiplash type injury  encountered in patients are as follows: 

Neck pain: neck pain which should appear within a few days after  injury if not immediately after an accident.  

Shoulder and Back Pain: When the neck’s soft tissues, such as the  muscles or ligaments, are torn or strained during an accident, you may  experience pain to other soft tissue areas such as the upper back and  shoulders. 

Neck stiffness: neck stiffness is also a frequent symptom and they  derive from muscle spasms or later stages of convalescence from too  long a period of immobilization. 

Vertigo: a fair percentage of people would also complain of dizziness  or vertigo. Vertigo is the sensation that objects or individuals are turning in space or a feeling of unsteadiness at intervals indicating that  there is probably a disturbance of circulation to the brain.  

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Overall, the prognosis for whiplash injuries is good. With the right  medical treatment, one should expect steady improvement after the  first two or three weeks unless definite skeletal or neurological  damage can be established. Even so, recovery should usually be  obtained in a period of 3 to 4 months except. At Suarez & Montero,  our team of injury lawyers have more than 19 years of experience  helping injury victims across South Florida who have sustained severe  injuries in all kinds of accidents due to the negligence or carelessness  of others. If you or your loved one were injured due to another’s  negligence, the attorneys at Suarez & Montero Car Accident Attorneys  can help. We understand that accidents can have a huge impact on you  and your family. At the Law Offices of Suarez & Montero Car Accident  Attorneys, you are never just another file or claim to us—you are part  of our family and your well-being is just as important to us as if you  were our own family. Our car accident lawyers work with  investigators, witnesses, and experts to obtain all the essential details  of any accident to help put you in the best possible position to obtain  compensation for your injury and damages. Our attorneys are ready to  provide proven legal representation in pursuing your claim and stand  ready to protect your rights. We are available 24/7 to give you a free,  no risk case consultation. 

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