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Resources for Victims of Neck Injuries After Car Accidents (Part A)

Resources for Victims of Neck Injuries After Car Accidents (Part A)


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Whiplash is a very common injury sustained in motor vehicle accidents. The consequences of this type of injury can last for a few weeks to several years. While it does not result in death, it is often more serious than many people think, usually causing discomfort and sometimes unbearable pain.


What Causes Whiplash 

Clearly, car accidents are the common force behind whiplash, but what causes this particular reaction in your neck? According to MedicineNetmost whiplash cases occur when the car is not moving, and is struck from behind. This results in your head being hyperextended since your body is pushed forward, with your head often left behind.

After the initial impact, your body hits the seat again, throwing your head forward and down fast. In many cases, it is the soft tissue surrounding the vertebrae that is most damaged, causing pain. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the following are symptoms that you might feel after whiplash caused by car accidents: 

  • Stiffness of the neck
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain
  • A burning sensation in the neck

Unfortunately, as bad as the physical issues are, there could be additional medical issues. According to About.comdepression, exhaustion, insomnia, memory loss, irritability, lower back pain, and overall muscle tenderness are all manifestations that could arise after a car accident resulting in whiplash.

Even if you feel fine after a car accident, it is wise to consult a doctor. If you were rear ended, this is especially important since it is likely that your head snapped backward and then suddenly forward. Symptoms could take weeks or months to appear, and could last for years, so do not hesitate in seeking medical treatment.

If your car accident took place in Virginia, you should consult with a personal injury attorney that specializes in Virginia motor vehicle accident injuries. It is important that the accident lawyer you choose to represent you has handled cases like yours and understands motor vehicle accident injuries.


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