Whiplash is one of the most common injuries individuals in a car crash experience. Think about it, your head weighs approximately 10 lbs, like a bowling ball. Your bowling ball head is sitting on top of a broom handle (spine). When you are in a car accident your head is flung back and forth quickly, while your spine stays fairly still. This stretches out ligaments and can cause anything from stiffness to extreme pain requiring neck surgery. In some instances the effects of whiplash can last a life time. If you have been in a car accident, you need proper medical attention, to fix your problems as quickly as possible. Conditions that are left untreated can become long-lasting and insurance companies are less likely to want to cover later treatments after an extended period of time has gone by.
The symptoms of whiplash include headaches, dizziness, numbness, stiffness and neck pain. It may take a few hours or even a few days for the condition to manifest so it is important that you seek needed medical attention following a car accident. Many states have what is known as no-fault insurance or personal injury protection, which will cover the costs of initial medical treatment, so don’t be afraid to seek out proper medical care. Also, call your personal injury attorney and let them know that you have been in a car accident and that you need them to protect your rights and help you through the legal maze.