Tuesday, January 17, 2017

3 Ways that Whiplash Can Affect Your Life after a Car Accident

Car accidents can cause a wide variety of injuries, including whiplash.1 Whiplash is a non-medical term that refers to injuries sustained to the soft tissues of the neck and back and can be thought of as a serious neck strain. It can occur in cases when a person’s head is snapped backward and then forward with significant force, as often happens in rear-end motor vehicle conditions.
Whiplash involve damage to the muscles tendons of the neck, making it an extremely painful condition. Some of the more common symptoms associated with whiplash include the following:
-Pain and tightness in the neck
-Decreased range of motion
-Pain when moving your head side to side
-Pain when turning your head to look to the right or the left
-Pain that radiates into your back or shoulders
Whiplash has the potential to affect victims in a number of adverse ways. Some of the more common are discussed below.
Whiplash Can Make It Difficult to Perform Daily Tasks
When your neck hurts, it can come as a surprise just how often you use it. Consider this, if you are sitting up reading this article, the muscles in your neck are busy keeping your head in place. Whiplash can make it painful to perform routine daily tasks, such as washing dishes, cooking dinner, showering or bathing, getting dressed, or any other tasks that may activate the muscles in your neck.
Whiplash Can Keep You from School or Work
When whiplash injuries are serious, it can require immobilization of the neck and bedrest. As a result, many people who sustain whiplash in car accidents are unable to return to school or work for a significant period of time. In fact, if your job involves physical activity of any type, you may not be able to return to work for weeks or even months after your accident. Consequently, for working adults, whiplash can result in a significant amount of lost income. Thankfully for victims, lost income is recognized as a compensable loss under Florida law.2
Whiplash Can Result in Significant Medical Expenses
Many people who sustain whiplash in car wrecks require intensive and ongoing medical care. Common treatments often associated with whiplash include the following:
-Prescription painkillers
-Muscle relaxers
-Lidocaine injections
-Muscle relaxants

-Foam collars
-Surgery, in rare cases
Depending on the severity of your injury, whiplash could result in several thousands of dollars in medical expenses over the course of your recovery. Fortunately, if your accident was caused by the negligence of another person, you will likely be able to recover compensation for these and any other losses you have sustained.
Contact a Clearwater Auto Accident Attorney Today to Protect Your Legal Rights
If you have sustained whiplash or any other type of injury in a car accident, you should speak to an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. An attorney may be able to help you recover compensation for the losses you have sustained as a result of your accident, including your medical expenses, property damage, loss of quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. To speak with a Clearwater car accident lawyer about your case, call the Dolman Law Group today at 727-451-6900 or contact us online.
Dolman Law Group
1663 1st Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
(727) 222-6922

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