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Whiplash can be a pain following a car accident

Your seemingly ordinary morning has just turned into an awful one due to a car accident that caused you injuries. To make matters worse, the accident happened only because another person was careless behind the wheel.

One of the most common types of car accident injuries is whiplash, a soft-tissue injury. Here is a look at what whiplash involves and what your rights are if a driver's negligence has caused you to suffer this type of injury on a California roadway.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a relatively unique injury that often occurs in passengers and drivers who are involved in rear-end crashes, where a person's head can easily move back and forth in a violent manner. Other names for this type of injury include a cervical strain, cervical sprain or hyperextension injury.

A car crash does not have to be a high-speed one for whiplash injuries to occur. Even if a collision takes place at a low speed, the unanticipated impact may cause your ligaments, vertebrae and muscles to suffer injuries.

How do you know if you have suffered whiplash?

In some situations, recognizing whiplash can be challenging. However, here are common signs of a whiplash injury.

  • Stiffness and tightness in your neck
  • Headaches
  • Aching, dull neck pain
  • Dizziness
  • Back pain
  • Concentration challenges
  • Balance/equilibrium issues
  • Memory issues

Immediately following your car collision, you might not notice these symptoms, as you are naturally caught up in the heat of the moment. However, these symptoms may begin to manifest over the course of the few days following the wreck.

If you are experiencing any of the abovementioned symptoms, you may benefit from seeking a health care specialist, such as a chiropractor or neurologist, instead of a general practitioner. The treatment you ultimately receive for your soft-tissue injury will depend on the nature of the injury; for example, you may require massage therapy, or perhaps the immobilization of your neck using a cervical collar instead.

Your rights as a whiplash injury victim in a car crash

If someone else's negligence caused you to suffer whiplash, you have the right to seek justice by filing a personal injury claim against him or her. In a successfully litigated claim, you may receive monetary damages that might help you to cover your medical costs and other losses stemming from your car accident.

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