Whiplash is a very common injury in Irvine motor vehicle collisions. While some car accident injuries are apparent, whiplash is one injury that may not show up right away. It is not uncommon for car accident victims to feel fine or a little sore afterward, only to learn several days and weeks later they have whiplash. If you are ever in a car accident, regardless of how you feel immediately afterward, you should see a physician.
Whiplash occurs when the head is flung rapidly back and forth, causing the muscles, spinal cord, neck and head to move beyond their normal range of motion. The severity of whiplash ranges from mild to severe. If left untreated, it can cause health complications that compromise your current standard of living. Review some common symptoms of whiplash to know if further medical attention is necessary.
- Dizziness – Feelings of vertigo, unsteadiness, lightheadedness and disequilibrium usually occur within 24 hours of an accident.
- Headaches – Pain that originates at the base of the neck and moves upward, causing a dull or sharp ache could indicate nerve damage and other trauma.
- Neck and pain soreness – You might feel sore and stiff after a car accident, especially in the neck, shoulder and upper back areas. While it is not unusual for motor vehicle collision victims to experience a little stiffness and soreness, lingering pain and discomfort that does not resolve within a few days could mean you have a whiplash injury.
Blurry vision, nausea, loss of motion in the neck and back, personality changes, and abnormal sleeping habits are other whiplash symptoms you should keep an eye out for.
Do not make statements about your mental and physical condition to anyone after your car accident, especially if you feel fine. If medical attention is offered to you at the scene of your accident, do not decline it. Your statements are likely to become evidence in your claims. Delays in receiving treatment can lead to issues in getting the right medical care. They can also cause complications with your insurance and personal injury claims and affect your ability to receive compensation for your whiplash injury.