Is Whiplash Considered an Injury?

Is whiplash an Injury

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries suffered by victims during car accidents. Drivers and passengers may experience whiplash during different types of car accidents. Liggett Law Group can help you understand more about whiplash and its connection to personal injury cases in Texas.

Whiplash Defined

Whiplash is a neck injury. It arises when the body is thrust forward and then backward suddenly. The motion occurs so quickly that it resembles the movement of a whip.

Whiplash is a single injury, but it also is made up of the following injuries:

  • Spinal disc injury
  • Nerve damage
  • Sprains
  • Muscle strains

These injuries need to be assessed by a doctor. It is possible that whiplash could make a pre-existing condition worse. If you suffered injuries during a crash, then you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible.

The Symptoms Associated with Whiplash

Whiplash can cause injured victims to experience chronic pain and reduced mobility. The following are some of the most frequently encountered symptoms of whiplash:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Dizzy spells
  • Numbness
  • Tender sensations in the arms and neck
  • Limited range of motion
  • Severe headaches
  • Stiff upper body
  • Generalized neck pain

These symptoms may appear suddenly and then subside. Sometimes injured victims may not notice any symptoms until days or weeks after the date of the incident. If you begin to experience any symptoms similar to those caused by whiplash, then you should consult a physician immediately.

Seeking Medical Treatment After Suffering Whiplash

A doctor will be able to refer you to medical specialists who may be able to alleviate some of your symptoms. A chiropractor may also provide treatment on a regular basis that can help you experience less pain and tension in your neck. You may also be advised to exercise regularly for short periods of time so you can maintain your strength as you heal from your injuries.

It is essential to seek medical treatment as soon as possible after suffering whiplash. Do not assume that whiplash is not a serious injury. Also, if you assert your legal claims and you do not seek medical treatment for your injuries, then defense counsel will claim that you were not injured after the accident, and your whiplash must be attributable to another cause.

Whiplash May Produce Less Noticeable Symptoms in Some Victims

Many accident victims assume they suffered only minor injuries, such as scrapes and bruises. These individuals need to be examined by a medical professional so they can determine if they suffered more severe injuries. If whiplash goes untreated, it can cause physical problems months or years after the date of the injury.

Some individuals may not experience any symptoms. However, you cannot diagnose yourself, and only a physician can diagnose you with whiplash. Do not ignore neck pain, numbness, or tingling in the chest and neck. If you begin to experience these symptoms, then you should go to the emergency room immediately.

The Most Common Causes of Whiplash

Car accidents are most common causes of whiplash but whiplash can easily occur during:

  • Boating accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Commercial truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Automobile accidents

Whiplash can occur during any activity that places strain on the human body. Individuals must be careful when they place themselves in positions where their bodies will be thrust forward and backward in quick succession. Suffering whiplash during an accident may not cause immediate trauma. It may take days or weeks for whiplash symptoms to become noticeable. However, you should always see a doctor after you are involved in any type of accident. If you do not visit a doctor relatively soon after being involved in an accident, then the responsible party may argue that you were not injured because you did not think your injuries were severe enough to get checked out.

You must follow through and begin accumulating medical records and medical bills that prove an accident caused your injuries and that your injuries are substantial.

Liggett Law Group is Here to Help You with Your Personal Injury Case

No one wakes up in the morning and expects to suffer serious bodily injuries during an accident. However, you can enforce your legal rights and seek financial compensation for your injuries if another party caused them. Liggett Law Group can provide you with exceptional legal representation. We have years of experience working with clients in our Lubbock community and throughout the state of Texas.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We can examine the facts of your case and help you with any questions you may have about negligence, personal injury, and tort law. Our Texas personal injury attorneys are willing to work with you so you can recover from your injuries and pursue monetary compensation to help you move forward.