Auto Accidents

What Is Whiplash?

The aftermath of a traffic accident can be overwhelming, especially if you are injured due to the other driver’s negligence. One of the most common injuries that can occur in a traffic accident is commonly referred to as whip lash. Whiplash is a non-medical term describing injuries to the next relating to the sudden distortion of the neck. “Cervical acceleration-deceleration” (CAD) describes the mechanism of the injury. “Whiplash associated disorders” (WAD) describes the symptoms of the injury.

Traffic accidents are often extremely violent experiences for the human body. Whiplash can do damage to both bone structure and soft tissue. The stretching and tearing of muscles and ligaments that often occurs in car accidents can lead to whiplash. Some of the symptoms relating to injury are:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Arm pain
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain

For those who have suffered a whiplash injury, doctors often recommend limiting movement. Also, many times individuals find physical therapy necessary. Do not underestimate the effects of whiplash. If left untreated, symptoms can last a lifetime. When a car accident caused by somebody else’s negligence causes you whiplash, or other injuries, let the attorneys at Carabin Shaw get you compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.

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