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How do whiplash injuries occur in car accidents?

All kinds of injuries can occur during a car accident. Broken bones, internal damage and head injuries are common. Whiplash is also a common injury suffered during car accidents.

While whiplash isn't typically life-threatening, it can have a lasting impact on a victim's health and finances.

What is whiplash?

It is an injury to the neck and sometimes the spine. The condition is also known as neck strain and neck sprain.

How does whiplash happen?

Whiplash occurs when the head is abruptly forced or whipped into a violent backward and forward motion. Rear-end car accidents are among the top causes of this painful condition.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

  • Stiffness and pain in the neck
  • Headaches, fatigue, dizziness and irritability
  • Pain in and between the shoulders
  • Pain in the back
  • Numbness or pain in the hand or arm
  • Sleep problems and difficulty concentrating

How is whiplash treated?

  • Pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Exercise
  • Massage
  • Ultrasound
  • Heat and/or ice

One of the main problems with whiplash is that while its treatment seems simple, the expenses related to short or long-term medical care can really add up.

Although whiplash is usually not as serious as other car accident injuries, it can still disrupt your life and create health problems if left untreated.

When a car accident leading to whiplash occurs because of another party's negligence, victims should consider talking with a personal injury lawyer about their potential legal options. You may be able to seek compensation from the at-fault driver that can help you with things like medical expenses, physical therapy and lost income.

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