During auto accidents, victims can experience a number of severe injuries. There’s the potential for major contusions, broken bones, fractures, brain injuries, concussions, serious lacerations, and so on. One common kind of injury during auto accidents is whiplash, though it’s one of the most misunderstood injuries people sustain. Just consider it yourself. Have you ever wondered what whiplash involves exactly?
Our team of personal injury attorneys want to take this opportunity to consider the nature of whiplash and look into what it involves and why you should take it seriously if it happens to you.
Whiplash is a broad term that’s applied to a host of injuries that affect the neck. In essence, whiplash means the abrupt overextension of the neck and the various structures of the neck area.
This particular kind of injury is typified by sudden acceleration then deceleration, hence whiplash injuries are also referred to as cervical acceleration-deceleration (CAD). Conditions that are the result of whiplash injuries are referred to as whiplash associated disorders (WAD).
Whiplash and Rear-End Auto Accidents
While it is possible for whiplash to occur in all sorts of motor vehicle collisions, it tends to be most common in read-end auto accidents. This tends to be because of the sudden impact from behind jarring the body and neck quite violently.
What are some other common causes of whiplash?
In addition to auto accidents, whiplash can occur as a result of other matters. These include the following:
- Contact sports
- Combat sports
- Amusement park rides
Whiplash Symptoms / Warning Signs
Following a collision, it’s important to speak with our car accident attorneys and to be aware of the following potential signs and symptoms of whiplash injury:
- Soreness and pain in the neck
- Soreness and pain in the upper back
- Soreness and pain in the shoulders
- Pins and needles in the arms and legs
It is not uncommon for these symptoms to show up days after the collision, so remain attentive.
Lasting Repercussions of Whiplash
All kinds of neck injuries need to be taken seriously, no matter what they entail. Any damage to the vertebrae, the spinal cord, the nerves, or the muscle tissue in the neck can affect your mobility, your motor skills, and overall wellness. Sometimes the whiplash can be extremely severe and have effects that last for years and years, requiring various therapies to address the matter.
How Our Attorneys Can Help
Our legal team wants to make sure that you receive the help you need when it is needed most. We will fight diligently to ensure medial bills and property damage are all taken care of by the negligent party so that you can focus on wellness and recuperation.
Learn More About Auto Accident Litigation
For more information about auto accidents and how our legal team can help you in your time of legal need, be sure to contact our Long Island personal injury attorneys today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve justice and just compensation for your injuries.