Whiplash is a common term used to describe an injury to the soft tissues of the neck. The soft tissues of the human neck are made up primarily of the neck muscles, tendons and ligaments. Unusual forces applied to these soft tissues, such as the forces involved in a car accident, force the neck to move outside of its normal range of movement. Forcing the neck outside of its normal range of movement will result in tears, strains, and other types of injuries to the neck muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Whiplash is a non medical term covering a variety of injuries to the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the neck. Doctors will often use more specific terms such as cervical sprain, cervical strain, or hyperextension to describe an injury which could otherwise be known as a type of whiplash.
One of the most common causes of whiplash is auto accidents. The belted occupant of a motor vehicle is seated with his/her back pressed against a hard seat. When buckled into a motor vehicle the neck is a highly vulnerable support system for the head. The rapid front to back and side to side forces involved in a car crash are responsible for countless neck injuries.
It is extremely important to note that the physical damage to a vehicle may not relate to the intensity of an injury. It should also be noted that wearing a seat belt will not prevent the common whiplash injury. The signs and symptoms of whiplash following a car crash may not present themselves until hours after a crash. The adrenaline following a crash often causes victims to overlook neck injuries until the excitement wears off.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of whiplash after a crash, you should call 911 and not attempt to move. The common symptoms of whiplash include swelling of the neck, neck pain, tenderness around the back of your neck, muscle spasms, limited movement of the neck, and shooting pain from your neck into your shoulders. Radiating or shooting pain is also the sign of a much more serious injury and should be treated carefully.
If you or a loved one suffers from a neck injury from a Missouri auto accident, you should contact a personal injury lawyer to request information regarding your rights to reimbursement for your injury. Whiplash is often the first sign of a more serious injury and it is important you do not accept any offer from an insurance company before you are aware of the full extent of your injury.
Insurance companies pressure accident victims to accept low settlements immediately after a crash to avoid future liability for the actual injury. To speak to a Missouri personal injury lawyer, contact Chris Dixon 314.409.7060, or toll-free at 855.402.7274.