What Are Whiplash Injuries?

Whiplash injuries commonly occur in motor vehicle accidents, and often are at least a partial basis for personal injury claims. An individual’s head and neck are often the parts of the body that are most susceptible to injury, since a narrow spine is the sole support for a much larger head. When the impact of a car accident occurs, the occupant of the vehicle often is thrown back and forth in a violent manner, which causes the neck to act as a whip, forcing the head beyond its normal range of motion. Whiplash injuries also are commonly known as soft tissue injuries, since they tend to affect the ligaments, tendons, and muscles in the neck.

Even in what appears to be a minor car accident, whiplash injury is a possibility. The impact of another motor vehicle, even at a speed of only 30 mph, is more than enough to cause a serious whiplash injury that can have lasting consequences for the affected individual. Symptoms of whiplash can include headaches, neck soreness and stiffness, swelling around the neck, and muscle spasms in the shoulders and arms.

Whiplash can result in neck injuries, injuries to the cervical spine, cervical disc herniation or rupture, and even brain injuries. Therefore, it is essential that you get medical treatment as quickly as possible following any type of motor vehicle accident, even if you initially do not feel as if you have been injured. In many cases, soreness and stiffness of the neck do not set in until a day or more following the accident, which can result in a delay in treatment that exacerbates the medical condition.

At Boller & Vaughan, we know that suffering serious injuries such as whiplash 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 car wreck 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.