Most people have heard the term “whiplash” and almost automatically associate it with a neck injury suffered in a vehicle wreck, which makes sense given that whiplash-type injuries often occur in rear-end collisions. The sudden impact causes a victim’s necks to extend and flex in an unnatural whipping motion causing damage to the muscles and other connective tissues in the cervical area.
But what many people don’t know is that whiplash is often caused by much less extreme impacts, and can include:
- Winter-related accidents such as slipping on ice or falling while skiing or snowboarding.
- Injuries in contact sports such as basketball, football or hockey.
- Any assault that involves head trauma.
- Child abuse, including shaken baby syndrome.
- Repetitive stress injuries resulting from a poorly designed non-ergonomic work area.
- Accidents in stores or restaurants that result from unattended spills on the floor or other unsafe conditions.
Whiplash is a serious injury and can result in long term medical implications if it is not diagnosed and properly treated. If you believe that you have whiplash, the key is to promptly seek medical treatment. Be aware of the symptoms of whiplash, which can include:
- Neck, shoulder and upper back pain
- Dizziness and/or blurred vision
- Tingling in your extremities, particularly arms and hands
- Unexplained fatigue or difficulties concentrating
If you have a whiplash injury and you believe it is due to another person’s negligent actions, please contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your potential claim.