Whiplash is a broad term that may refer to many different injuries, generally describing injuries to the musculature around the neck and back. These injuries may not cause pain immediately, but may instead cause pain over a matter of hours or days after the injury. Whiplash is a type of delayed-onset injury that does not cause pain immediately, often allowing the injury to worsen before the victim receives treatment.
Depending on the nature of the accident that caused the whiplash, such as a car accident or impact sports injury, the victim may experience a range of symptoms, including
- Sharp or radiating pain in the neck or back
- Stiffness or other inability to move certain muscles
- Prolonged headaches
- Difficulty balancing
- Difficulty with memory
After a whiplash injury, it is important to seek out professional medical treatment as soon as possible. The longer a victim waits to seek out treatment, the worse the injury may grow, causing potentially devastating pain. While full whiplash recovery can occur in as little as three weeks, most instances of the injury require about three months to reach full recovery. You may need some guidance determining how to prioritize your recovery while staying on tip of your job duties and other commitments.
If you suffer from a whiplash injury, the first thing you should do is seek out professional medical care to ensure that you have proper treatment before the injury gets worse. Once you receive proper treatment, you can consider your legal options and potentially build an injury claim to cover your expenses and other losses from the injury.
Source: FindLaw, "Whiplash-Related Injuries," accessed Feb. 23, 2018