Whiplash is one of the most frequently seen accident injuries. It can occur in low and high speed wrecks, and can result from car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents. What is whiplash, and is it really a significant injury, or is it something accident victims use to get more money?
Whiplash is specifically a neck injury. It occurs when the force of an accident “whips” the head back and forth, straining the neck muscles and vertebrae far beyond their normal capabilities in just a few seconds.
Is Whiplash a “Real” Injury?
Television, cartoons, and movies have created the misconception that whiplash is not an actual injury but rather an excuse to “get more compensation” in a car accident settlement. Even the other side’s attorneys and insurance companies will attempt to discredit a whiplash victim. However, whiplash is a very real injury. It produces very real symptoms, including:
- Stiffness of the neck muscles
- Reduced range of motion
- Neck pain, sometimes chronic
- Headaches, especially tension headaches
- Numbness or tingling in the arms
- Inability to concentrate or remember things
- Mood changes and irritability
- Ringing of the ears
- Blurry vision
- Difficulty sleeping
How Is Whiplash Treated?
Whiplash may not be noticeable right after a car, truck, or motorcycle accident. This is why it’s so important to go to the hospital or see your doctor immediately after being involved in a wreck. A doctor can check for signs of whiplash and treat you before the symptoms worsen.
The initial treatment of whiplash is to stabilize the neck, usually with a neck brace. Treatment may also include pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs. In some cases, chiropractic care can help “reset” the neck by getting the muscles and vertebrae back into alignment. Rest, ice, and sometimes muscle relaxers will also help reduce the discomfort of whiplash.
Typically, whiplash resolves on its own with proper medical care. In some cases, victims can be left with chronic pain and other symptoms that make life difficult. Whiplash generally isn’t life-threatening, but it can be life-changing.
Get the Compensation You Deserve
Treatment for whiplash is costly, and you may be eligible for compensation if someone else is at fault for your accident. Contact the Sarkisian Law Offices today for more information on how to file an injury claim by calling (219) 942-7171. Our attorneys are available now to assist you.