Even at speeds as slow as 15 mph, an automobile accident can seriously injure a driver or passenger in a way that limits their mobility and reduces their quality of life. In fact, one of the most commonly diagnosed slow-speed injuries is whiplash.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash commonly results from the sudden impact of a car accident that causes the head and neck of a driver or passenger to violently whip forward. Such an unexpected jolt can result in severe pain and discomfort for the victim, and other potentially chronic symptoms.
Common Whiplash Symptoms
The most common symptoms of whiplash is neck pain and stiffness. Sufferers of whiplash may also experience other symptoms that may not present themselves until days or weeks after the injury such as:
Neck strain or sprain
Concussion-like symptoms such as migraines or headaches
Back and shoulder pain
Slipped or herniated discs
Soft tissue, ligament, and muscle damage
Extremity and limb numbness
Dizziness or confusion
Act Fast After an Accident
If you believe you have whiplash after an automobile collision, you should immediately contact a doctor. There is a statute of limitations on car crash injury cases, so it’s best that all scans and medical treatment for car accidents injuries be conducted within two weeks of the incident. After addressing your injuries, contact the lawyers at Lanzotti & Rau. We know how to handle car accident injury cases and can help you receive fair compensation for your injuries. To learn more about our services, call us today to schedule a free consultation at 573-335-9300.