The Long-Term Effects of Whiplash

Whiplash is an injury frequently caused by rear-impact motor vehicle accidents. When a motorist is hit from behind, the impact can cause the head to snap backward and forward violently, causing injury. Many people think of whiplash as something you can recover from within a matter of days or weeks. It’s common for people to assume that some rest, a couple of painkillers, and perhaps a few days off work is all it takes for a whiplash injury to heal. Although some whiplash sufferers recover relatively quickly, others suffer long-term pain and disability.

Symptoms of Whiplash

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, whiplash can encompass injury to the intervertebral joints, ligaments, discs, nerve roots, and cervical muscles. A rear-impact crash forces the body forward while throwing the head and neck backward then forward. This hyperflexion can result in neck pain, stiffness, headache, dizziness, and myofascial injuries. Some sufferers also report memory loss, fatigue, depression, and insomnia.

Unfortunately, whiplash often goes unreported. In many cases, car accident victims are unaware of the potential severity of this type of injury. Failure to obtain treatment – or a delay in treatment – can lead to long-term and even permanent injuries. Long-term injuries can include:

  • Tingling in the neck and limbs
  • Arm weakness and pain
  • Fatigue
  • Migraine/headache
  • Jaw pain and dysfunction
  • Vision problems
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

1 Million Whiplash Injuries Each Year

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), whiplash injuries are among the most common car accident injuries, with nearly 1 million people injured annually. One study found that more than one-quarter of all motorists involved in a rear-struck vehicle suffered some type of neck injury.

Because whiplash injuries are usually soft tissue injuries, they can be difficult to document and prove. Unlike a broken bone, for example, a torn muscle or ligament can be more difficult for a physician to diagnose. This is why it’s critically important to work with the experienced personal injury attorneys at Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen, Ltd. Our lawyers will analyze your case, explain your options, and determine whether you are entitled to recover compensation for your injuries. You may be eligible to receive compensation for your lost wages, pain and suffering, mental impairment, medical costs, loss of earning potential, emotional distress, and other damages.

Chicago Car Accident & Personal Injury Lawyers

The personal injury lawyers at Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen, Ltd. pursue justice on behalf of people and families who have been injured through the negligent conduct of others. Our lawyers fight hard on behalf of accident victims and their families. Call today at (312) 779-6610 to speak to an Anesi Ozmon attorney about your case.

This website has been prepared by Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen, Ltd. for informational purposes only and does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.

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