We’ve all heard of whiplash and probably think of it as a ‘stiff neck’ after being involved in a car accident? But do you really know about the different degrees of whiplash and what it really means as an injury? We explore the different types of neck injuries that can happen after a car accident and why they need to be taken seriously.
Due to the nature of car accidents, neck injuries are very common but come in very different and individual sizes and some can develop into long-term injuries and issues. Instead of being considered as a minor neck injury, whiplash, and other spinal injuries can be serious- and often incredibly painful.
Just like the nature of your car accident, every injury that’s caused will be different too, and treating each accident injury individually is so important for the general success of the case. Your accident will be completely unique to you- as will your injuries so make sure to give yourself some time and when looking for legal advice, don’t compare your case to others.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is the common term used to describe a neck injury caused by a sudden and unexpected impact that typically happens in a car accident. Whiplash is a result of the sudden stopping motion and can show itself in varying degrees of pain from the head through the neck and even down the back. Whiplash can impact much more than the neck and can show in many other ways than simply being stiff so it’s important to get medical treatment as soon as possible after being involved in a car accident
Why every neck injury is personal
If you’re currently suffering from any kind of neck or back pain or muscle ache after a car accident it’s so important to get medical attention as soon as possible. Many injuries take a few weeks to truly develop so as soon as you start to feel a twinge, ache, or pain- get medical help. Your neck and spine are often the first part of the body to show injury after an accident but the injury can be varied and take time to show. As with every accident case we represent, every neck injury sustained is individual too
Any medical injury that needs treatment will be included in your accident case as supporting evidence and from a legal perspective, we’d always recommend seeking medical advice first- don’t let that lingering pain carry on without seeking some help.
Other injuries to watch out for
Some of our previous clients have experienced other symptoms such as ongoing headaches, arm ache, and even tinnitus as a side effect of a neck injury. We’ve previously covered a few other symptoms that have been known to show up weeks after an accident in this guide that helps raise awareness about related injuries. Often, many of our clients who experience neck pain automatically assume it’s whiplash due to the nature of their accident but other injuries can be related to the accident. Without a proper diagnosis, your injuries can’t be treated so it’s always best to see a doctor if you’re feeling any pain.
Our experienced auto accident lawyers are all too aware of how neck injuries can disguise themselves as other ailments after a car accident and could help answer any further queries you might have about your own injuries and what it could mean for your case.
Why not give us a call today on (480) 613-3660 as our team is always happy to help.