People who are victims of a car accident on a Nevada road may easily sustain a whiplash injury. While commonly associated with automobile accidents, the sudden jolting of the neck that causes whiplash can also be caused by a fall, sports or work injury. When the neck is whipped in opposing directions, it harms the ligaments that support and protect the spine. The muscles and tendons will also be strained and stretched well beyond the normal points of movement.
This injury is characterized by stiffness and pain in the neck. The pain may come in the front and back of the neck, and turning the head will intensify the pain or discomfort. Victims may also experience headaches, dizziness, trouble swallowing and even blurred vision. Some people also find that they have difficulty concentrating or experience jaw pain after the accident. Symptoms can persist for a few weeks up to several years.
One of the problems with whiplash is that the symptoms can take up to two days before they appear. This is why people who are in a car collision often believe that they were not injured immediately afterwards only to develop problems over the following days. Treatments include chiropractic manipulations, remaining active, and physical therapy.
After being involved in any type of car accident, victims should take the time to visit a doctor and receive a thorough assessment. It is easier to treat the damage early on rather than waiting months or even years to seek assistance. If another driver is at fault for the accident, it may be possible to hold them responsible for the damage and resulting medical fees. An attorney can advise victims on this and help them determine what their next step should be.
American Chiropractic Association, "Whiplash"
, accessed on Feb. 14, 2015