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Diagnosing Whiplash – An injury that can occur in children as much as adults

Diagnosing Whiplash

Whiplash is a very common injury that most frequently occurs in car crashes. Personal injury and Arizona car accident lawyer Aaron Crane shares some information about whiplash and how it is caused by the whipping motion of the head snapping back and forth when a car stops on impact. Whiplash injuries are most often seen in rear end auto collisions as the force involved in these car accidents causes the head to push forward and then snap back quickly. This causes an over-extension in the neck and shoulder muscles and joints. It is not uncommon in car crashes that whiplash is seen alongside other back and shoulder injuries.

Frequently, it takes a few days for symptoms to surface after an auto accident. During an accident, most people are shocked or surprised, which activates their body’s “fight or flight” response mechanism. This body reaction actually prevents pain from being felt. Whiplash can take time to heal and can result in considerable pain, loss of enjoyment and expense. Neck strains and whiplash injuries often require frequent, and inconvenient visits to physical therapists or chiropractors.

When assessing whiplash symptoms, drivers involved in accidents must be aware that often times it is not until several hours after the accident that symptoms become apparent. Some whiplash symptoms include: neck pain, decreased neck mobility, neck spasms, neck stiffness, neck aches that do no subside,tender neck and shoulders, nausea, and trouble sleeping. If you experience these symptoms after an accident, you should seek out medical attention and speak to a personal injury attorney. Not getting treatment can just make things worse. Not seeking legal help can leave you with big bills to pay.

The severity of the symptoms vary widely from mild to intense. If you notice any of the symptoms, make sure you see your doctor so that you can be properly diagnosed and begin treatment. Doctors can also prescribe medications to help with the pain and muscle strains and spasms, which is often necessary to continue working or taking care of household duties. Medical attention should be sought at the first onset of pain after an accident and especially if a person’s head struck any part of the vehicle or there was a loss of consciousness.

If your whiplash is the result of a car accident, consult a personal injury attorney to help you secure compensation for the medical attention you need. Often times this will involve no expenses out of pocket as most personal injury attorneys accept cases on a contingency basis which does not require any payment until your case settles. Personal injury attorneys are skilled at dealing with the big insurance companies who often take advantage of injured parties that have medical bills piling up.

It is important to note that after an accident, you only have a limited amount of time to make a claim. Because of the limited amount of time, it is best to speak with an attorney as soon as you begin treatment. The attorney’s fees will be the same regardless of when you hire them.

In the event you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above after an auto accident, pick up a phone immediately and call experienced Phoenix injury attorney Cantor Crane today at (602) 254-2701 and setup a free consultation.

 

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