Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of car accidents, so it is no surprise that whiplash is one of the most common types of injuries following an accident. Of course, rear-end accidents are not the only cause of whiplash. Whiplash can occur any time we are moving at high speeds and have a sudden change of direction or come to a sudden stop. This can cause the head to snap quickly, in a way that can cause trauma to the neck. In most car accidents, the head moves forward and then backward violently, causing ligament and muscle damage in the neck. This is how most people in accidents develop whiplash complications.
Ongoing Pain and Disability
Whiplash is usually painful for several days to several weeks after an accident, and through over-the-counter medication and icing, many cases resolve on their own. However, the Mayo Clinic states that up to half of the people who experience whiplash in an accident have pain months afterward. Sometimes doctors are able to trace this pain to a specific injury in the ligaments or discs in the neck, but often there are no signs of trauma visible to modern imaging devices. However, that does not make the pain any less real or difficult. There are many complications associated with chronic whiplash, including:
- Ongoing pain
- Inability to lift or carry items
- Difficulty with movement
- Difficulty working
- Anxiety and depression
Although whiplash is often considered a minor injury, it can have serious, long-lasting effects.
If you were in an accident caused by another party and are now suffering from chronic whiplash, a Madison auto accident attorney of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. may be able to help you pursue compensation from the party responsible for your pain and suffering. Call us today at 800-242-2874 to learn more about what we can do for you at this time.