WHIPLASH FROM CAR ACCIDENTS
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Whiplash is a term coined to describe hyper-extension of the neck. It is common in car accidents because of the way passengers are fastened. In an accident, the car comes to a sudden stop. To prevent passengers from flying through the window, we wear seat belts. These seat belts keep the body in place, but the head has free range of motion. This is what causes neck hyper-extension known as whiplash.
Whiplash and Rear End Car Accidents
Whiplash is perhaps most common in rear end collisions. When a vehicle is hit from behind, it propels the vehicle, and the passengers' heads, forward. Rear end accidents are almost always the fault of the driver in the rear. If your whiplash injury is serious enough, you may be able to pursue a claim against the wrongdoer (the other driver).
You may not realize that you have whiplash until a day or two after your collision.
When injured individuals do begin to experience symptoms, they come in the form of:
- Stiffness or pain in the neck
- Headaches or migraines
- Difficulty seeing straight
- Dizziness or nausea
It can take two to three months for these symptoms to go away. In the meantime, whiplash victims are usually prescribed painkillers. In serious cases, they may have to wear a neck brace.
False Claims of Whiplash
Whiplash is the most common car accident injury, and it is also one of the most common false injury claims. Many people, in attempt to secure insurance money, falsely claim that their neck was injured in a car accident. Because so many people cry wolf, it can be difficult for insurance companies to determine who is telling the truth without concrete evidence.
This is a major reason why going to the hospital after an accident is so important. It ensures that not only do you get the treatment you need, you get a written record confirming your injury, which is what the insurance company will look for.
Get a Free Accident Evaluation
If you sustained whiplash in a car accident, contact an attorney at the Tampa injury law firm of Robert Sparks Attorneys. We provide free and confidential case evaluations for accident victims. You pay nothing unless we secure a financial recovery on your behalf.