Whiplash and How It Can Affect Your Life
Car accidents that involve rear-end collisions often lead to whiplash injuries—and even fender benders can cause whiplash. Whiplash can have serious, long-lasting health implications, and should never be ignored. If you’ve been involved in a rear-end collision, you should seek medical attention. Whiplash can be stealthy, so don’t take a wait and see approach—proactively seek medical attention after a rear-end car accident (even if you don’t think you were injured).
Whiplash is a soft tissue injury of the neck that often occurs when the head is forcefully thrown back and forth—as in a rear-end car accident. When the forceful and sudden movement occurs, your neck’s soft tendons, muscles, and ligaments are subjected to potential damage as the force of the impact stretches them beyond their normal range of motion.
Whiplash and Its Effects
Whiplash follows no preset itinerary. Its effects can range from very mild to extremely painful and disruptive. In addition, the effects of whiplash can show up immediately after an accident or can slowly and stealthily develop with time. The effects of whiplash, furthermore, can last anywhere from a couple of days to several long years. To further complicate the issue, whiplash can present many symptoms:
- Pain and stiffness that radiates across your neck and shoulders
- Pain and stiffness that’s localized anywhere in your back
- Pain and stiffness in your jaw
- Mild to severe headaches
- Mild to severe fatigue
- Blurred vision
- Concentration and memory issues
- Sleep issues
- Ringing in your ears
- Numbness and weakness in your limbs
- Mood changes and issues
If you have whiplash symptoms that don’t disappear within about six months, you’re probably suffering from chronic whiplash—and you’ll most likely need ongoing medical treatment.
Don’t Ignore Potential Whiplash Injuries
Because whiplash can present such varied symptoms and because its signs can come on so quietly, it’s important to consult with a medical professional whenever you’re involved in a rear-end car accident, including fender benders. Whiplash injuries can result in long-term health issues that can limit your physical abilities and can cause significant pain and discomfort.
Furthermore, whiplash can cost you lost wages, diminish future earnings, and decrease quality of life. Your health and well-being matter, so you should always first seek medical attention after a rear-end car accident and then consult a skilled Atlanta personal injury attorney.
Consult an Experienced Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If an Atlanta rear-end car accident has left you with whiplash, you understand how painful, difficult, and expensive that can be. Car accidents can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to go it alone. Hasner Law is here to help. We’ll investigate your claim, explain your rights, and fight to obtain the legal compensation to which you’re entitled. We have the experience and dedication to protect your rights and guide your case toward its best possible outcome. Please give our Atlanta office a call at (678) 888-HURT (4878). You can also reach a member of our legal team via live chat.