Whiplash is a very common injury that is often sustained in car accidents. Whiplash can arise even in low-speed car accidents, with vehicles traveling as low as 5 to 10 mph.
At Boller & Vaughan, we know that suffering serious injuries in an accident can be a stressful, emotional, physically painful, and financially draining event. We can help.
If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident in Wisconsin and are suffering from whiplash, let us handle your personal injury claim. We can work on getting you the compensation that you need and deserve. Call our Madison, Wisconsin office at 608-268-0268, or fill out an online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a neck injury caused by forceful and rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, similar to the cracking of a whip. Whiplash injuries also are known as neck strains or soft tissue injuries, since they involve damage to the ligaments, tendons, and muscles in the neck.
Whiplash injuries commonly occur in motor vehicle accidents, front-impact or rear-end accident in particular. They can also result from falls, sports accidents, or other types of accidents or trauma.
Even in what appears to be a minor car accident, whiplash injury is a possibility. The impact of another motor vehicle, even at slower speeds, can cause a serious whiplash injury that can have lasting consequences for the affected individual.
Signs and Symptoms of Whiplash Injury
Signs and symptoms of whiplash may be immediate, or they may develop within days of the injury or incident. They may include:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Neck pain made worse with neck movement
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
- Headaches, fatigue, or dizziness
- Tingling or numbness in the arms
- Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, arms, or upper back
- Blurred vision
- Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears
- Difficulty concentrating or memory problems
- Irritability or depression
- Problems sleeping
Whatever caused your whiplash injury can cause other serious injuries, such as a concussion, or traumatic brain injury. It’s essential that you see a doctor right away if you’ve been injured in an accident.
To diagnose whiplash, your doctor will give you a thorough physical exam. You may also undergo X-rays, CT scans or other tests to get the full scope of your condition.
Recovery and Long-Term Effects of Whiplash
After your doctor has diagnosed you with whiplash, you can begin recovery. Many people who suffer from whiplash recover within a few weeks. Recovery often includes pain medication, icing or applying heat to your neck to reduce swelling, or using a neck brace for support. Chiropractic care, massage therapy and physical therapy are other possible treatments.
However, others may experience chronic neck pain and other long-term complications from a whiplash injury. The following symptoms and risk factors may make you more susceptible to chronic neck pain down the road:
- Severe neck pain
- More limited range of motion
- Pain that has spread to the arms
- Experiencing whiplash before
- Old age
- Existing neck pain or low back pain
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer in Madison
It is hard to predict how each person who suffers from a whiplash injury may recover. It’s also difficult to know how severe your whiplash injury is immediately following the accident that caused it. That’s why it is essential that you seek medical treatment as quickly as possible following your accident, even if you initially do not feel as if you have been injured.
If you wait until whiplash symptoms present themselves a few days after your accident, your condition may worsen. You may not get the immediate treatment you need for other hidden injuries, such as spinal cord injuries or concussion.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident that caused whiplash, the Boller & Vaughan team is here to help. We take care of you from a legal perspective, so that you can concentrate on healing from your whiplash injuries and recovering from the financial impact of the accident.
You can speak to someone on our team by calling our Madison, Wisconsin office at 608-268-0268. You may also fill out an online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation and follow the Boller & Vaughan Facebook page for more legal resources.