The symptoms of whiplash are fairly easy to spot. They usually appear within 24 hours of a car accident, although you may not always feel the symptoms immediately. It's not uncommon for car accident victims not to feel the effects of whiplash for hours after impact.
You may be suffering from whiplash if you:
- Have pain or stiffness in your neck
- Have a limited range of motion in your neck
- Feel the pain worsen as your move your neck
- Have numbness or "pins and needles" in your arms
- Have pain in your shoulder or upper back
- Get dizzy
In some cases, victims might have ringing ears or blurred vision. If you've been in any accident where your head rapidly moved forward or backward, you're likely going to suffer from whiplash. Whatever the cause, it's important to see a doctor as soon as possible to make sure your damage doesn't include a bone fracture or other damage.
What Is Whiplash?
Rear-end car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash injuries. The sudden and forceful impact of the car accident causes your neck to jerk forward and back, tearing muscles and tendons in your neck. The only treatments available usually involve use of a neck brace, massage, and painkillers.
Insurance companies refer to whiplash injuries from car accidents as MIST cases—minor impact, soft tissue. Insurance companies often try to underpay these claims because proving soft tissue damage is harder for claimants. That's why it's vital for you to get a lawyer who can get you the scans and tests needed to prove your injury.