An online article on jdsupra.com discusses whiplash, which is a common injury in Georgia car accident cases. It is important for victims of car accidents to understand the signs of whiplash and seek appropriate medical care.*
“Whiplash” is a term used to describe a rapid forward-and-backward movement of the head and neck, usually associated with a collision-type event, like a car accident. During whiplash, the cervical spine moves out of its normal range, and soft tissue or spinal injury can occur. Whiplash injuries might affect a person’s muscles, ligaments, or nerves.
Doctors often use other terms to describe whiplash in medical records and in discussions with patients, including “neck strain,” “acceleration flexion-extension neck injury,” “neck hypertension injury,” or “soft tissue cervical hypertension injury.”
Symptoms of whiplash can include:
- Neck or back pain
- Pain that radiates from the neck to shoulders or arms
- Swelling or tenderness in the neck
- Spasms of the neck
- Difficulty moving the neck
- Blurred vision
- Tingling in arms or legs
In a person with whiplash, symptoms will usually appear right after an accident, but they can also show up days after an accident has occurred. It is important to seek medical attention right away after a car accident in Georgia to protect your own health and the health of your loved ones. Prompt care will ensure the best recovery and will preserve a record of your injuries, should you decide to pursue legal action.
If you were involved in a car accident in Georgia that caused you to suffer whiplash, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You could be entitled to compensation.