Whiplash causes and symptoms

Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Dec 03, 2014 in Car Accident News

Many Nevada residents who are involved in a car accident often suffer from a common neck injury called whiplash. This injury happens when a person's head moves forward and backward suddenly and rapidly. Contact our Las Vegas car accident attorneys to determine if you have a claim that entitles compensation for your whiplash injury. 

In most cases, whiplash affects a person who has been involved in an accident where a stationary vehicle was struck from behind by another vehicle. Prior to 1928, whiplash-type injuries were referred to as 'railway spine" because the injuries most often affected people who were involved in train accidents. Although whiplash is usually not life threatening, the injury can result in partial disability for an extended period of time. In the United States, annual expenses related to whiplash recovery can be as much as $30 billion.

Studies looking into whiplash injuries have determined that the cervical spines of rear-impact car accident victims may be forced into an abnormal S-shape. Researchers believe that the awkward motion results in the ligaments, muscles and facet capsules that connect the cervical vertebrae becoming damaged. Some of the most common symptoms of whiplash include pain and stiffness in the neck, headache, dizziness, and fatigue.

A long-term condition is known as a 'whiplash associated disorder" that can lead to symptoms of depression and insomnia. Even when car accidents appear to be minor, victims can experience symptoms of whiplash that limit their capacity to function as they once could. A person who has been injured in a car accident by no fault of their own may wish to seek monetary compensation for their whiplash injuries.

Source: MedicineNet.com, "Whiplash", December 01, 2014.

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