Whiplash Vehicle Impact Injury: Signs and Symptoms of Serious Injury
The symptoms of whiplash have been known to vary greatly. Whiplash occurs when the soft tissue in
spine or neck is damaged. This is commonly seen as the result of a motor vehicle accident, but has also been seen following diving accidents. The most common symptoms that are seen include:
- A dull, aching pain in the neck area
- Not being able to move the neck without increased pain and tenderness
- Visual disturbances
- Ringing sounds in the ears, often that effects a person’s balance
- A headache that commonly presents shortly after the accident, and may last for weeks, even with treatment, after
- Memory problems, or difficulty concentrating on and retaining information
- Episodes that involve an involuntary loss of consciousness
- Back pain in the lower lumbar, or lower back.
Symptoms of whiplash will almost always appear within 24 hours of the incident. The most common symptoms of whiplash are typically headaches and stiffness in the neck, and almost always go away in a few days following treatment. Faster results are often seen if the patient applies ice packs to the injured areas. Treatments should well documented and only under the direction of a physician.
The More Severe Symptoms
Some of the more severe symptoms of whiplash are memory loss, or any periods of unconsciousness after the accident. These are considered to be the two most dangerous symptoms, and should be reported as soon as possible to your physician. If you have already been to hospital, you should consult them, or your private physician immediately. It has been established that patients who have experienced pain sooner, rather than later, following an accident often have more serious injuries and may therefore experience a longer recovery period.
It has been estimated that approximately ten percent of people who are diagnosed with the symptoms of whiplash will experience irregularities in their vision. Although this is usually not serious, it is still quite frustrating, particularly if you are one of the fifty percent of people who experience dizziness for up to a week after your accident. Similarly, although many people are reluctant to mention it, problems with memory and concentration are particularly common. You may also notice that your neck and upper back pain seems to spread, but not dissipate, to your lower back. This has been reported in as many as 60% of whiplash patients.
A very small percentage of whiplash patients will go on to develop whiplash syndrome. These unfortunate patients are known to experience long-term neck pain and discomfort, a tingling sensation effecting the arms, fatigue, and reduced sensation. They may also experience problems sleeping, and a reduced sex drive, with symptoms lasting for months or even years. These unfortunate people could experience some or all of these symptoms for years after the accident.
If you have, or think you may have, whiplash, you should immediately contact an experienced personal injury attorney. Hiring legal counsel with previous knowledge of this type of accident is the best thing you can do to protect your legal rights.
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