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The beginning signs of whiplash may not always be obvious. Although many times whiplash starts as neck soreness or stiffness, other symptoms can also be a sign of a soft-tissue injury to your neck and body. Sometimes it can start as dizziness, headache, blurred vision, shoulder or arm pain, tingling sensations, cognitive difficulties, sleep disturbance, or fatigue.
After an accident, it is important to seek medical attention, not only for your own health and well-being, but also to document the nature of your injuries. Certain injuries are not immediately apparent and establishing a relationship with a doctor who is aware of your accident is important. Additionally, if the injuries are left untreated, they could worsen.
Additionally, people may have the incorrect idea that whiplash cannot occur because of low-speed car accidents. These types of injuries can occur at low speeds and the injury may vary in severity depending on the position of the person’s head at the time of the accident. If the person’s head was turned to the side or back, the injury could be much more complex than if the driver was looking forward.
Whiplash is also known in the medical and legal fields as a hyperextension and hyperflexion injury because of the movement of the neck, also known as a myofascial injury or a cervical strain or sprain. Although these types of injuries are usually associated with auto accidents, they can also be a result of other incidents such as sports accidents, intentional assaults, skiing or snowboarding accidents, repetitive stress injuries at work, child abuse, or slip and fall accidents in homes or public places.
These injuries could be complicated since they often affect the body’s connective tissue, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. If the neck is injured during impact or trauma, the same type of injury can also occur in the mid or lower back and result in muscle sprains or spasms. These types of back injuries could be even more complex than those involving the neck, since the entire spine could have been subjected to trauma.
The Wilmington personal injury lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow can assist you if you have suffered whiplash because of an accident or any other type of personal injury. We are easily accessible in Delaware with three locations in Willington, Bear, or Milford, Delaware. We also serve Dover, Lewes, Georgetown, Hockessin, and all communities in the counties of New Castle, Kent, and Sussex. You may reach us at 302-427-9500 or contact us online.