Whiplash is a common car accident injury and often injured persons can heal over time. However, there are times when whiplash injuries do not heal and the symptoms become permanent. This article will discuss some long-lasting symptoms of whiplash and how they affect your personal injury claim.
Long-lasting Symptoms of Whiplash
Whiplash may cause long-lasting symptoms to surface that include any or some of the following:
- Various pains and stiffness in the neck area
- Agony in both upper and lower back locations
- Throbbing of the jaw
- Blurred vision
- Trouble sleeping
- Constant ringing in the ears or on and off
- Chronic and severe headaches
- Numbness, weakness, or sensory symptoms in the hands, arms, or legs
- Memory problems
- Continuous problems concentrating
- Permanent changes in personality
Some areas of the body may become numb or weak, such as the arms or legs. Some cognitive issues that may arise include problems with concentration and memory.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip.” Whiplash injuries are most common in rear-end vehicle collisions. When an individual suffers whiplash, their soft tissue is damaged in the neck. Or they may have head trauma accompanied with a concussion. The damage caused by whiplash can increase or decrease over time. This depends on other noticeable symptoms that come with it. Most victims of car accident whiplash have varying symptoms and range from minor to serious injuries. However, when untreated symptoms could become long-lasting, so much so that they could lead to a disability.
The long-term effects of whiplash may occur under the following situations:
- involvement in a serious auto accident
- Inadequate or no medical treatment soon after the injury
- Severe injury to the ligaments, discs, or joints in the neck
- Spinal fracture or other serious neck area injury
- Re-injure the neck in the initial healing process
- Have preexisting neck conditions
- Suffer severe inflammatory response to the whiplash