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Whiplash is more than just a pain in the neck

Are you suffering from whiplash after a car accident in California? This is one of the most common types of injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents, but that does not mean that what you are currently experiencing is not serious, painful and overwhelming. It is particularly frustrating when the accident that left you injured is the result of the actions of another person or party.

Whiplash is not a life-threatening injury, but it can be a life-changing one. Just because many people with whiplash will recover in a matter of months does not mean that you will; in fact, it could leave you with long-term damage. As a car accident victim, you have the right to know your legal options, no matter the scope of your physical injuries.

What causes whiplash?

Like its name suggests, whiplash is a sprain or strain to the neck. The rapid back-and-forth motion made by the neck, much like a whipping-type motion, is what causes whiplash when involved in a sudden impact. Naturally, the higher the speed of a collision, the more severe the impact will be, but whiplash can also result from a low-speed impact as well.

What does my whiplash injury mean for me?

Every whiplash injury is different, and how yours will affect your life will depend on your general health, the severity of the impact and how your body reacted to the accident. Some people with this type of neck injury experience the following:

  • Pain and stiffness
  • Painful movements
  • Headaches
  • Tingling and loss of feeling
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Tenderness in the shoulder or neck

While many people do recover from this type of injury with medical treatment and rehabilitation, others are not as fortunate. If you have an especially serious whiplash injury, you may experience some of the following debilitating side effects:

  • Blurred vision
  • Tinnitus
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Depression
  • Memory problems

Medical treatment of any kind can be expensive and extensive. You may even find that your injury prevents you from working like you used to and enjoying a certain quality of life.

Fighting for your full recovery

The aftermath of an accident is complicated, but you may have a rightful claim to financial compensation. It is possible to hold liable parties to account for what you suffered and to claim compensation for your medical bills and other accident-related losses, as well as damages for emotional duress.

If you are unsure of what you should do or what you need to fully recover from your whiplash injury, you would be wise to seek a complete case evaluation with an experienced personal injury attorney.

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