A car accident can result in various types of injuries for both Mississippi drivers and passengers. One of the most common types of car accident injuries is whiplash, and while considered a relatively minor injury, it can still have a major impact on a victim's life. It can be much more than a simple pain in your neck.
Whiplash occurs when the neck moves forward and backward rapidly, making a whipping motion. This often happens in rear-end accidents, and it is possible to suffer a whiplash injury even from a low-speed collision. If you are suffering from whiplash after a car accident that was not your fault, you could be eligible for compensation for your losses and recovery needs.
The consequences of a whiplash injury
Whiplash affects different people in different ways. Most often, this injury causes a significant amount of pain and discomfort in the neck. Other symptoms of this injury include the following:
- Limits on a victim's range of motion
- Tingling or loss of feeling in the affected areas
- Pain in the upper back and shoulders
- Weakness and tingling
- Numbness that radiates down the arms
It can be difficult to properly diagnose a whiplash injury. Victims often find that they struggle with the implications of this type of injury for months. For others, it is impossible to return to normal after a whiplash injury, and symptoms can be long term. Studies show that the following factors can lead to a longer recovery time from a whiplash injury:
- People who are older
- Individuals struggling with PTSD
- Those who experience significant pain at the time of the initial injury
You may find that you require long-term care and continued medical attention in order to get better and return to normal strength. Initially, your whiplash injury could affect your ability to work and do every day tasks.
Getting the help you need and deserve
Some people may have a relatively easy recovery time from a whiplash injury, but maybe not you. You should not have to suffer because of the negligent or reckless actions of another driver alone, but you may fight for the support you need for a complete recovery. Whiplash can have a significant impact on your life, and you do not have to deal with the fallout by yourself.
Building a strong personal injury claim can be a complex process. You may find it useful to reach out for help as soon as possible in the civil claims process.