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I was in a car accident. How do I know if I have whiplash?

| Apr 9, 2020 | Car Accidents, Injuries |

Numerous injury types can occur from a motor vehicle accident. From a few cuts and bruises to a traumatic brain injury or loss of life. Some long-term health problems related to car accidents may be more subtle than others, but that does not mean they do not have serious impacts on the victim’s overall well-being. Whiplash, for example, is a complicated neck injury that can last from days to several months after an accident.

Injuries like whiplash can keep you from work and result in stacked medical bills. But how do know if you have whiplash or a different type of neck injury?

Signs and symptoms of whiplash

You may have whiplash if you experience the following:

  • Pain and tenderness in upper back or shoulders
  • Headaches that may start near the base of your skull
  • Pain that worsens with movement of the neck
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision or dizziness
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • General neck pain and stiffness

Experiencing any amount of these symptoms is cause for seeking medical help. If you have not already consulted a doctor, see that you do so as soon as possible. Note, also, that you should keep records of your symptoms and medical visits in case you intend to make a claim for your injury.

Pursuing compensation for auto accident injuries

Your whiplash and other car accident-related injuries could keep you from working, cause tremendous pain in the long-term and even affect your mental wellness. Personal injuries may warrant a range of damage recovery types, including compensation for:

  • Medical expenses and other bills relevant to the injury
  • Lost wages from missing work uncovered by your paid time off
  • General pain and suffering

To understand more about your injury, or to learn more about your legal options, consult an experienced professional.