The head and neck are particularly vulnerable in car accidents. Even a slow-speed collision can cause an injury.
Your top priority after any crash is to undergo a medical evaluation. Some injuries take several hours to show symptoms, and minor discomfort may indicate a serious problem. This is particularly true regarding neck pain.
If you were injured in a Mississippi car wreck, contact Morris Bart, LTD. A Gulfport injury lawyer can evaluate your crash, gather evidence, talk to witnesses and handle settlement negotiations. If your case goes to trial, our attorneys have the litigation experience to represent your interests.
Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a consultation. Until then, read on for a brief overview of whiplash injuries:
What Causes Whiplash?
According to MayoClinic, there are several causes of whiplash. It typically occurs when an abrupt force, such as a car accident, throws someone’s head backward and then forward. This movement can injure bones in the spine or affect disks, muscles, ligaments, nerves and other tissues. Whiplash can result from physical abuse, assault or contact sports, but it is particularly common in rear-end car accidents.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Many people do not realize they have whiplash until several hours or days after the accident, according to WebMD. Sometimes the symptoms are immediate.
Common whiplash symptoms include:
- Pain in the neck;
- Decreased range of motion and tightness in the neck muscles;
- Pain or difficulty rocking the head backward and forward, or side to side;
- Headaches at the base of the skull;
- And overall tenderness in the head and neck region.
The force of a car accident can also cause a concussion – even if your head does not hit the steering wheel, side window or dashboard. It is important to see a doctor immediately if you feel dizzy, confused, nauseous or sleepy.
Whiplash will usually heal on its own. Your doctor may prescribe painkillers to control the pain and swelling. It may help to ice your neck at regular intervals.
Your doctor may also recommend a neck brace or collar. Some physicians do not recommend these for long-term use because they may weaken the muscles in your neck.
The recovery time depends on the severity of the injury. Some whiplash cases may resolve in a few days; others may take several weeks to heal fully.
How Can You Prevent Whiplash?
Unfortunately, it is often impossible to avoid whiplash during a car accident. However, there are certain steps you can take to reduce the severity of the injury.
Neck exercises can make your muscles stronger and more flexible. You should do these if you have suffered a neck strain in the past.
Office workers who sit for several hours each day should take breaks. Stretch and exercise your neck to keep the muscles strong and limber.
If you were injured due to another driver’s negligence, contact a Mississippi accident attorney from Morris Bart, LTD. We will help you navigate the claims process and aggressively fight for the highest possible payout. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a consultation.