When a vehicle is struck by another vehicle, even those wearing a seat belt may experience a sudden jolt that results in a strain or sprain in the neck, which is commonly referred to as whiplash. Whiplash is usually caused by a rear-end auto accident, but it can occur when a vehicle is struck from virtually any angle. Whiplash injuries can also be the result of a slip and fall accident, a sports accident or another type of traumatic accident.
Many people fail to understand that the seriousness of the whiplash injury has little to do with the seriousness of the accident itself. In fact, in some cases, even a relatively minor collision can lead to a severe case of whiplash.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Symptoms of whiplash range from mild, including minor pain for a few days, to severe, which can result in restricted head movement, cervical spine disability and/or chronic and persistent pain.
Common symptoms of whiplash can include:
Whiplash: Just the Facts
Here are a few scary statistics about whiplash that demonstrate just how serious of an injury it actaully is:
- There are more than three million new cases of whiplash every year in the United States
- Symptoms of whiplash last six months or longer in three-quarters of all patients
- The majority of whiplash injuries occur in crashes of 12 mph or less
- Women are more likely to suffer whiplash than men
- Whiplash injuries tend to occur more often in those between the ages of 30 and 50
- Half of all those who suffer whiplash injuries will have chronic pain from the injury two decades later
Do You Have Whiplash?
At Schnipper Law, P.C., our Atlanta personal injury attorneys understand the complications that can arise after a whiplash injury, which is why we fight aggressively from the start to obtain the maximum compensation for our clients. If you have whiplash or suspect that you might