Whiplash is classified as an injury to the neck caused directly from bending the neck forcibly forward then forcibly backward, or the other way around. The injury affects the muscles, discs, tendons, and nerves of the neck.
Causes of Whiplash
Most whiplash injuries reported result from collisions between vehicles which suddenly accelerated or decelerated. Whiplash mainly occurs after a person is rear-ended in an auto wreck, work-related accidents, or contact sports injury.
The speed of automobile accidents does not always determine the severity of the injury. Cars moving at slower rates can produce harsh whiplash injuries. If there is a risk of the head rebounding off a car headrest, there is a significant chance of becoming a whiplash victim. Some symptoms take years to develop, making whiplash a very dangerous injury, and one that is hard to identify..
Most whiplash incidents affect soft tissue which consists of tendons, muscles, or ligaments. Soft tissue usually heals within the first 3 months following the injury. If the pain continues, the whiplash injury may have affected intervertebral joints, reducing the range of motion within the spine.
Some of t he most common symptoms of whiplash include:
- Neck Pain or Stiffness
- Low Back Pain
- Facial Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Arm Pain/Numbness
- Hand Pain/Numbness
- Ringing of the Ears
- Blurred Vision
- Concentration Problems
- Memory Problems
If you have been seriously injured in an automobile accident which left you temporarily or permanently injured, contact the Appleton car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 today and find out about your legal options and rights.