What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissue of the neck and upper spine that occurs when the neck is abruptly stretched beyond its normal range of motion. It is one of the most common injuries sustained in car accidents. The symptoms of whiplash range from mild to severe, and surgery is sometimes necessary to alleviate pain and restore range of motion. If you suffered whiplash in a collision with a negligent driver, the Fort Lauderdale car accident attorneys at Englander Peebles can help you pursue compensation for medical treatment, lost wages, and other damages related to your injury.
Our South Florida injury lawyers know what it takes to find success in court. We will answer your questions, conduct a thorough investigation into your accident, and help you determine the most strategic way to proceed with your claim. Call us today at (954) 500-4878 for a free initial consultation.Symptoms of Whiplash After a South Florida Car Accident
Neck injuries are not always symptomatic immediately after a car wreck. It may take several hours or even days for you to notice the effects of whiplash. Even if you feel fine, it is important that you visit a doctor for a medical evaluation as soon as possible. When presented with the facts surrounding your accident, your treating physician will know to look for signs of whiplash and other conditions that you may not have considered.
The most common symptoms of whiplash are:
- Reduced range of motion in the neck and upper spine;
- Neck stiffness and pain;
- Vision problems;
- Dizziness and disorientation;
- Abnormal sensations like tingling or burning;
- Pain in the arm, back, or shoulder;
- Inability to concentrate;
- Unexplained drowsiness; and
- Sleep problems.
Rear-end collisions are the most common type of car accident in the United States, accounting for nearly half of all two-vehicle crashes. When your car is rear-ended by a vehicle traveling at even a slow speed, your neck can whip backward abruptly, causing the soft tissue (ligaments, tendons, and muscles) to overstretch (i.e. whiplash).
The vast majority of rear-end accidents are caused by negligent behaviors such as following too closely, speeding, and distracted driving. If you suffered whiplash in a crash with a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages, but it is important that you take the following steps to give your claim a more favorable chance of success:
- Take pictures of the crash scene to document the positions of vehicles, injuries, skid marks, traffic signs, property damage, and road conditions;
- Call the police, and make sure an officer creates an accident report;
- Record the contact details of eyewitnesses;
- Visit a doctor immediately for a medical evaluation; and
- Contact a Fort Lauderdale car accident attorney to determine the most strategic way to proceed with your claim.
Dealing with a neck injury can be painful, inconvenient, and stressful. Our Broward County injury lawyers may be able to alleviate some of the burden by helping you pursue the compensation you need to move on with life. Call us today at (954) 500-4878 for a free consultation.