Whiplash- It's an injury that is joked about on TV and in movies. When someone says they have whiplash most people assume they are exaggerating. However, as Keller, TX car crash attorneys with over 20 years of experience we know that whiplash has the potential to cause serious pain.
Why Whiplash Has a Gotten a Bad Rap
The signs and symptoms of whiplash often do not surface for a day or more after the crash. Because of this delay in pain, many people assume that the crash victim is faking the injury in an attempt to get more money from the insurance company. However, the vast majority of whiplash sufferers seemed fine at the time of the crash, only to wake up the next morning with one or more of the following symptoms:
- Headaches (usually at the base of the skull)
- Neck pain
- Neck and/or upper back stiffness
- Blurred Vision
- Unusual fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory issues
- Ringing ears
- Difficulty sleeping
How Whiplash Occurs
Whiplash is a neck injury that is most commonly found after rear-end car collisions. During the impact, the neck snaps backwards and then forward. This quick and extreme motion can stretch; even tear the ligaments in the neck. The injury itself can range from mild to severe. In the most serious cases the neck muscles may be torn, causing severe pain and leading to a permanent disability.
If You Believe You Have Whiplash
Above all, please see your doctor right away. Prompt treatment is often the key to proper healing. Be sure to come prepared with information that will help your doctor diagnose and treat you. Information you will need includes: a description of the crash, any symptoms, even if they seem unrelated, past medical history, a list of all medications you are taking and any special concerns that you want the doctor to address. We urge you to never exaggerate your injuries. Not only is this dangerous to your health, it may end up hurting any personal injury lawsuit you may file.
If you have been injured in a car crash in Keller or anywhere in Texas, please seek medical treatment. Once you have been taken care of medically, please contact an attorney for your free consultation. You have been through enough, allow the Hart Law Firm to lighten your load.