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Whiplash Injury Cases Involving Auto Accident Victims

By Steve Charpentier on December 02, 2013

Whiplash Neck Injuries - Auto Accidents / CollisionsThere are many serious injuries that can befall a person as a result of an auto accident. A number of these injuries can have long-term impacts that can affect the course of a person's life for years and years to come. This is why it's so important that you connect with skilled personal injury attorneys as soon as possible after your injury accident.

Right now, our legal team would like to focus on whiplash injuries following an auto accident. Many people have misunderstandings about these kinds of neck injuries and why these should be taken so seriously, so we're here to set the record straight.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash refers to various kinds of injuries to the neck that occur as the result of sudden overextensions of the structures in the neck area. Whiplash is characterized by the sudden acceleration then deceleration of the structures of the neck. The injury is also known as cervical acceleration-deceleration (CAD), with the term "whiplash associated disorders" (WAD) used to describe the symptoms and signs of whiplash.

According to Wikipedia, roughly 4 in 1,000 people will suffer from whiplash symptoms, though not necessarily from a car crash alone.

Common Causes of Whiplash

The most common cause of whiplash with regard to motor vehicle accidents is read-end collisions. The sudden blow can cause the neck to arc in such a way that overextension or serious injury occurs.

Amusement park rides, contact sports, combat sports, sudden forceful blows to the body when at rest, and other kinds of actions can lead to whiplash as well.

Signs and Symptoms of Whiplash

The most common signs and symptoms of whiplash are as follows:

  • Neck pain
  • Upper back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Headaches
  • Pins and needles in the extremities

While some symptoms show up immediately after a whiplash injury has occurred, other symptoms can manifest days after the injury.

Why Whiplash Should Be Taken Seriously

Since whiplash is a broad term applied to various kinds of neck injuries, the severity of the whiplash can vary from person to person. Regardless, neck injuries need to be taken very seriously since tears, strain, hyperextension, and other matters that affect the health of the neck can result in lasting changes to mobility and wellness for years and years to come.

Our auto accident attorneys have noticed that some whiplash victims also experience brain injuries due to the sudden impact experienced in a collision. These injuries involve the brain striking the inside of the skull. These brain injuries can have some serious repercussion for memory, mood, and cognition.

What Our Legal Team Can Do for Clients

During the legal process, our team of attorneys will fight diligently for you and your needs. We will fight to ensure that your medical bills are addressed and that any other losses sustained are compensated for. In addition, we will make sure that the party responsible for the whiplash injury is held accountable for his or her actions.

Speak with Our Personal Injury Attorneys About Your Legal Options

For more information about serious neck injuries and how you can be helped by legal experts, be sure to contact our Central Florida personal injury attorneys today. We look forward to discussing these matters with you in greater detail and helping you achieve just compensation for the injuries that have been sustained.

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