A whiplash injury occurs when a victim is subjected to an abrupt jerking of the head and neck, beyond the neck’s normal range of motion. A whiplash injury can cause damage to neck muscles and ligaments, nerve roots, vertebrae discs, and joints between the vertebrae.
This injury is most often sustained after an impact incident, such as a car accident, even at low speeds. The severity of the injury does not always match the severity of the accident; even a low-impact crash can cause the neck to strain or sprain.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious whiplash injury, the Clearwater car accident lawyers of the Law Office of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos can fight to help you gain the compensation you need for your losses from the party responsible for your accident. Contact our offices today at 727-441-9030
Victims of whiplash may not begin to experience symptoms until up to 24 hours after the original incident. Symptoms of whiplash can include:
- Stiffness, tenderness, swelling muscle spasms, and pain in the neck
- Pain in the shoulder, shoulder blade, or lower back, or pain that shoots from the neck down to the shoulder or arm
- Difficulty moving the head
- Tingling, numbness, weakness, or function loss in arms, legs, or hands
- Headache, dizziness, blurred vision, or difficulty focusing or remembering
- Sleep problems
Steps to Take
After an impact, it is important to seek medical assistance if you experience any of the above symptoms. Serious whiplash injuries can cause long-term disability from restricted head movement and long-term pain.