So many people end up with neck injuries after an auto accident that it might lead some to wonder why. A quick glance at your neck might provide some hints. The neck is a slender body part and that can make it vulnerable to injuries. It also contains the top of the spine with all its nerve pathways and tendons.
When a car accident occurs, not a lot can protect your neck. While the headrest does a decent job of keeping the neck from snapping back, nothing keeps it from snapping forward or from side to side. When that happens, the car accident victim can suffer from pain, numbness, headaches, and much more. This is not a minor injury for many people. Read on and find out more.
Whiplash Injuries Can Be Sneaky
Things can get hectic after a car accident. You might have injuries that need to be attended to and first responders will probably question you several times regarding your aches, pains, and other signs of problems. They may not ask you about your neck though because whiplash injuries frequently don't show up until later. You might even refuse medical care at first only to find out later that you are suffering from a neck injury.
More Sneaky Accident Injuries
Car accident victims can also suffer from various other injuries that only become obvious later and two of them can be extremely dangerous. That is why accident victims should watch for pain in the abdomen—it could indicate internal injuries and bleeding. Brain injuries may also be slow to show but can be very serious. Some general bruising, pain, numbness, tingling, and other symptoms can indicate hyperextended muscles and damaged tendons and ligaments.
Dealing With Legal Matters
While it's best to be treated for injuries right away, do so as soon as you notice the symptoms. Whiplash injuries can take a long time to resolve, and you may be eligible for the following compensation areas:
- Medical treatment care
- Reimbursement of lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Vehicle and personal property damage or losses
Quality of Life Damages
Whiplash injuries can wreak havoc on sufferers. They may be unable to take care of basic tasks like bathing, driving, lifting their children, and more. Some may be unable to go back to work for an extended period. Talk to a personal injury lawyer about your pain and how it's affecting your life. You can be paid for all the ways your neck injury is affecting you, so seek help from a lawyer.
Contact a local personal injury lawyer to learn more.