If you have neck pain after an accident, you are not alone. You may be curious about whether or not you have whiplash associated disorder which is caused by a sudden jolting of the shoulders and neck. A whiplash neck injury can be hard to diagnose, but the sooner you can identify that you are suffering from whiplash, the easier it will be to treat your condition and make a full recovery.
More often than not, whiplash is connected with rear-end vehicle accidents but it can happen almost any type of crash. In a rear-end accident, the force of impact rapidly and suddenly propels your body forward. The head follows just a split second behind but this is enough time to cause serious injuries. While the body is caught in the seatbelt the head moves forward due to the inertia from the impact. This whiplash neck injury may cause temporary of permanent pain.
Your neck and shoulder tendon muscles and ligaments can be torn or sprained. Whiplash injuries can be extremely deceptive because the symptoms might not be apparent right away. If you have been in an accident and in particular rear-end accident, you should never refuse medical attention because a doctor can further evaluate claims and help you to determine the severity of your injuries.
If you have been diagnosed with whiplash, and it is making it difficult to return to work or continue going about your day as you did prior to the accident, you need the assistance provided by an experienced personal injury attorney. Cortisol and adrenaline after the accident can mask the symptoms of many whiplash injuries. When you are suffering from continuous neck pain, it can be challenging to identify the severity of your concerns. The right attorney, however, can help you get the medical treatment that you need and move forward with filing a personal injury claim.