How Common are Whiplash Injuries?

Whiplash is neck strain that occurs anytime you suffer an impact or blow that causes your head to jerk forward or backward. The suddenness of a whiplash injury stretches and tears muscles and tendons in your neck. Although whiplash typically occurs in the context of a motor vehicle accident, you also can suffer whiplash from contact sports or other types of accidents. A front impact or head-on collision can cause the most severe type of whiplash, but whiplash can occur even at a speed as slow as five to eight mph. Whiplash can develop immediately following an accident or not until several days later. They are the most common type of soft tissue injury, by far, that individuals suffer in motor vehicle accidents. Soft tissue injuries refer to any type of damage or injury to the “soft” areas of the body, such as ligaments, tendons, and muscles.

Initially, whiplash can seem minor, but as time goes on, it can increase in intensity and cause significant discomfort. It can result in neck stiffness, sharp pain, back problems, and cognitive issues. Treatment may include wearing a neck brace to immobilize the neck, physical therapy, and pain management through prescribed medications. In extremely severe cases, whiplash can cause a traumatic brain injury. As a result, if you suspect you have suffered whiplash, you should seek medical attention immediately. Not only can medical attention ease your physical pain, but it will help you establish the medical records necessary to show that you suffered whiplash following the motor vehicle accident.

At Boller & Vaughan, we know that suffering serious injuries in an auto accident or any other type of situation can be a stressful, emotional, physically painful, and financially draining event. Allow us to take some of the burden of this situation from you and your family by allowing us to handle your personal injury claim, which will allow us to work toward getting you the compensation that you need and deserve. As skilled Madison personal injury lawyers, we are here to help you through this ordeal from a legal perspective, while you concentrate on healing from your injuries and recovering from the financial impact of the accident.