A morning that starts out normal may end up being one of the most unforgettable mornings of your life — for all of the wrong reasons — as a result of a car crash. In addition to causing you emotional duress, a motor vehicle crash stemming from another driver’s carelessness can cause you a variety of physical problems, including whiplash.
Fortunately, if you have suffered injuries, such as whiplash, in a car collision that was not your fault, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Here is a look at what whiplash is and how to address it with the help of the legal system in Mississippi.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is a soft-tissue injury that often occurs to passengers and drivers during rear-end crashes. After all, in these types of crashes, your head can easily snap back and forth in a violent manner, thus injuring the ligaments, muscles and vertebrae in your neck area. Whiplash can happen whether your accident took place at a high rate of speed or a slow speed. This type of injury also goes by several other names, including a hyperextension injury, cervical strain and cervical sprain.
What physical problems can whiplash cause?
With whiplash, you may experience the following medical problems:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Nick stiffness and tightness
- Memory issues
- Balance issues
- Aching, dull neck pain
The challenge with whiplash is that the symptoms of whiplash may not surface immediately following your accident. In fact, you might not experience whiplash’s consequences until a few days or weeks following the motor vehicle collision. If you begin to experience any of these symptoms, it may behoove you to see a doctor right away for examination. You will probably receive a referral to visit a neck and back expert, neurologist or chiropractor for treatment.
Various whiplash treatment options exist, depending on your situation. For instance, a doctor may recommend that you wear a cervical collar. Other possible treatments include massage therapy and physical therapy.
Your rights as a whiplash injury victim following a car crash
You have the right to file a personal injury claim against the driver who caused your whiplash injury due to negligent behavior behind the wheel. If you are successful in your claim, you may receive monetary damages that might help you to cover your medical bills, the loss of wages and other losses tied to the car collision.