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How serious are whiplash injuries?

The reality is that whiplash injuries are serious injuries victims of car accidents may suffer and find they need help with following a car accident. Whiplash injuries can be difficult to treat, worsen over time and can be painful for victims which is why it is important for car accident victims to know as much as they can about these types of injuries and the personal injury options available to protect them.

Whiplash injuries are one of the most common types of injury suffered in a car accident. A whiplash injury occurs when the victim’s head is thrust violently back and forth which is not uncommon in a car accident. More formal medical terms for a whiplash injury include cervical sprain, cervical strain or hyperextension injury. A whiplash injury includes harm to the vertebrae, muscles and ligaments in the neck. Victims of car accidents need to know what to watch for because the impact of a whiplash injury may not be immediately felt following a car accident.

Symptoms of a whiplash injury include stiffness and tightness in the neck; serious neck pain that is dull and aching; back pain; dizziness; balance and equilibrium problems; headaches; and difficulty with memory and concentration. Because whiplash injuries can also be challenging to treat, and may require the care of a specialist, it is important for injured victims to get the medical treatment and care they need.

Car accident victims may worry about their medical expenses, lost wages while they are recovering and the emotional trauma of it all. A personal injury claim for damages is something they should be familiar with which can help them with the medical, financial and emotional damages when they have been harmed by a negligent driver in a car accident.

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