Whiplash: much more than just a pain in your neck

On Behalf of | May 30, 2017 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

A car accident can bring many painful injuries and complications to your life, especially if you suffered a type of injury that can have long-term implications. Car accident victims may find that they have injuries much worse than they originally thought or that their recovery time is significantly more extensive than they assumed it would be. Either way, a car accident can be painful, costly and affect many areas of your life.

One of the most common injuries suffered by individuals involved in Montana car accidents is whiplash, a type of neck injury that is often more serious and painful than people think. If you suffered an injury in an accident that was not your fault, you would be wise to better understand the options that may be available to you regarding financial compensation.

What should I expect from my whiplash injury?

Whiplash is an injury that happens when a person’s neck and head rapidly move forward and backwards due to a sudden impact, mimicking the motion of the cracking of a whip. This rapid movement can cause a serious strain or sprain to the neck, leaving a victim with multiple medical issues. Some people with this type of injury experience the following:

  • Localized pain
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Tingling or loss of feeling in the extremities

These side effects are both a nuisance and have the ability to affect what you are capable of doing on a daily basis while you recover. Some of the more serious whiplash cases leave victims experiencing these issues:

  • Tinnitus
  • Blurred vision
  • Irritability
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Memory issues
  • Depression
  • Trouble concentrating

While whiplash is a relatively common injury, many victims underestimate the lengthy and extensive recovery time it may require. While it is not a life-threatening injury, it is certainly one with the potential to threaten your quality of life.

Dealing with whiplash and other accident-related issues

Whiplash may not only affect your ability to work and live without pain, it can be quite expensive to treat. In order to obtain a full recovery, you may find that you accumulated expensive medical bills and other accident-related expenses. If your whiplash injury is the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another driver, you have options and rights.

You may have a rightful claim to financial compensation, and you may be able to secure restitution for your medical needs and other expenses. If you believe you are eligible, the first step in the personal injury claims process is reaching out for experienced legal assistance.

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