Many people think that whiplash is more of a joke than an injury. Movies portray whiplash victims as money hungry schemers who fake injuries to receive large settlements. People who believe this stereotype have never suffered from whiplash.
When your car is hit in a Boca Raton car accident, your car and your body experience the force of the collision. During the crash, your head is forcefully jerked back and forth. As your neck moves beyond its normal range of motion, the muscles, tendons, nerves, discs, intervertebral joints, and ligaments of the neck may be injured. The pain from these injuries is known as "whiplash."
Other terms for whiplash include:
- Neck strain
- Cervical sprain
- Cervical strain
- Hyperextension injury
- Soft tissue cervical hyperextension injury
- Acceleration flexion-extension neck injury
Whiplash is the most common injury resulting from Boca Raton car crashes and more than 250,000 Americans suffer from a whiplash injury every year. One reason that whiplash has a reputation as a minor injury is that there are often no symptoms immediately after the crash. It may take a day or two or even a week before symptoms appear. Yet whiplash is a serious injury. Twenty-five percent of whiplash victims experience chronic pain and disability from their injuries. Nearly 15 percent of whiplash victims still experience pain three years after their accident and 10 percent suffer long term disability.
Symptoms of whiplash injury include:
- Stiff neck
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Back pain
- Pain in one or both arms
- Shooting pain from the neck into the shoulders or arms
- Neck swelling
- Muscle spasms or tenderness in the side or back of the neck
- Weakness, tingling, or paralysis in the arms and/or legs
Whiplash is diagnosed with a simple physical examination. Because whiplash often occurs with other serious injuries, a doctor may also order x-rays or MRIs. Treatment includes a combination of pain relievers, massage, immobilization, bed rest, chiropractic care, and/or physical therapy. Most people recover in about six weeks, but it can take several years to be symptom free.
If you are suffering from whiplash after a Florida car crash, you are entitled to compensation for your medical treatment, pain and suffering, and lost wages. However, while whiplash is the Boca Raton accident injury most frequently covered by insurance companies, the insurance companies will do their best to minimize the amount they must pay you. A Boca Raton accident lawyer can help. To schedule a free case evaluation with a Boca Raton injury lawyer, contact David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525
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