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Whiplash Complications

Posted on: June 15, 2017 by Edwards & Patterson Law

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Whiplash is a common injury suffered by many accident victims that can have ongoing complications. Most often, whiplash occurs when the head is quickly forced to whip backward, then forward. In this unexpected event, the neck moves forcefully beyond its normal range of motion. Such violent trauma can cause injury to the spine, the discs of the back, and the muscles, nerves, ligaments, and other tissues of the neck area.

Whiplash injuries commonly are a result of the following types of trauma:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents – Rear-end collisions are the single most common cause of these injuries.
  • Physical Abuse – Sudden punches to the head or violent shaking can cause whiplash. In fact, it is a common injury resulting from shaken baby syndrome.
  • Contact Sports – Sports-related collisions can often cause these type of injuries, such as football tackles or an accidental kick to the head in soccer.

Whiplash Injuries

Low back pain, upper back and shoulder pain, headaches, fatigue, neck pain and cognitive changes are just a few of the ways these neck injuries can present. The numerous contributing factors to this trauma make it almost impossible to predict the symptoms an individual may suffer. Each person is unique. Some of the most important factors are age, sex, and physical condition of the victim. If the injury was sustained from a motor vehicle accident, the direction and speed of impact and the speed of the vehicles involved are also important.

It’s important to note that symptoms often do not manifest themselves immediately after an accident. It may take weeks or months for any symptoms to present and be recognized. It has been noted among medical professionals that whiplash victims who suffered the worst neck pain and/or stiffness immediately following an accident are more likely to suffer continuing difficulties a year or more later.

Complicating Factors

Because of the difficulty involved in accurately and quickly diagnosing whiplash, it often goes undiagnosed and untreated. As is the case with any type of injury, the symptoms and complications can increase as time passes. This is why a thorough medical exam is a crucial first step after sustaining a trauma. The doctor should ask questions pertaining to the accident to determine the circumstances surrounding your injury, and investigate any obvious symptoms. Tests and scans should also be performed to ascertain the extent of any underlying problems that could indicate this condition.

A claim or diagnosis of whiplash is often questioned by insurance companies. Some even doubt the malady exists and will fight against providing any assistance for whiplash-related medical claims. Although little is known regarding whiplash and how it manifests so differently in various people, it is a legitimate and common injury to accident victims.

If you have been injured in an accident in eastern Oklahoma, Tulsa or McAlester, and you believe you have whiplash complications, you need an experienced attorney to assist you. The professional personal injury attorneys of Edwards and Patterson Law know how to work with medical professionals to validate your medical claim and gain you the compensation you deserve. Call our office at 877-403-8417 or contact us online. We guarantee you pay no attorney fees unless you recover monetary damages.

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