Whiplash is an injury that is usually incurred by a person after some kind of vehicle collision, and it is actually one of the top injuries that car insurers cover. Although the risk of a person getting whiplash is higher if the collision occurs on the rear of the car, whiplash can be caused in other situations after an accident as well. As a driver, it is important that you know the symptoms of whiplash, so that if you experience any of the symptoms, you can report it to your insurance agency and then contact our law firm for a free case evaluation.
Although these symptoms show up immediately following the injury, they are often not felt until a few days after the accident, so it is important to monitor your condition for a few days after you have been in any kind of automobile accident. The most common symptoms of whiplash are pain in neck, back and shoulders, and in some occasions, people have experienced headaches and pain in the arms and legs that feels like pens and needles. In most cases, the pain caused by whiplash is mild and only lasts for a few days, but there have been instances where severe disability that restricts head movement has been the result of whiplash. Therefore, if you have been in an accident and are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important that you go to a doctor to confirm if you are suffering from whiplash or not.
The treatments for whiplash are ranged depending on the severity of the symptoms. Most cases are treated with pain medications and some physical therapy. Range of motion exercises and a cervical collar are also common practices when treating victims of whiplash. Applying heat may also help to relieve the muscle tension when an injury has occurred in the neck.
Because whiplash is a fairly common injury in car accidents, it is important that if you have been in an accident that you check to see if you have incurred this injury. The sooner you find out if you are suffering from whiplash, the sooner you can get the treatment that you need to prevent any further damage. After the doctor has confirmed the injury and the insurance company has been informed, contact our law firm and we will make sure that you legal rights as the injured party are protected by Maryland law.