Whiplash after a car accident is very common.

image of man holding head from whiplash after an accident

One of the more challenging injuries you may suffer after a car accident is known as whiplash or soft tissue injuries in the neck and shoulders. According to the Mayo Clinic, rear-end collisions are the most common cause of whiplash injuries and if you are one of the thousands of people injured in a car crash annually, you may have noticed some whiplash symptoms.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

After your car accident, it is common to start noticing the symptoms of whiplash within 24 hours. The symptoms of whiplash are similar to those of concussions.

  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Memory problems
  • Tenderness in shoulders and upper back
  • Difficulty and pain when moving your neck

These are some of the more serious side effects of whiplash after a car accident. Some people may only experience ringing in the ears or headaches caused by tension in their muscles. If you notice more extreme symptoms, you may have a concussion or TBI and should consult your physician immediately.

Diagnosing whiplash

The first step to properly diagnosing whiplash is visiting the emergency room after your crash. If you did not go to the emergency room, visit your primary health provider as soon as possible. We always recommend that you visit the emergency room immediately after the crash. All too often, hours after the crash, symptoms appear that you could already be receiving treatment.

The doctor will begin with testing how easily you can move your neck and shoulders. They will likely check your range of motion and ask you about your discomfort while moving. If there are signs of more severe injury, they may order an MRI, CT, or x-ray testing. Sometimes testing will reveal muscle tears or signs of a traumatic brain injury.

doctor holding a clipboard sharing the recovery plan with client after an injury from an accident

How to treat whiplash

Within a couple of months, many people make a full recovery from whiplash after a car accident. However, you’ll still need treatment between the time of the crash until recovery. Many doctors will prescribe pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs in conjunction with physical therapy.

full recovery

While most people do make a full recovery, some do not. Often, what initially presents as whiplash could ultimately be broken or slipped disks, traumatic brain injury, or muscle tears.

Whiplash injury lawsuits

While you are taking months to heal from whiplash, you may find yourself missing weeks or months of work. You may have a stack of medical bills from the emergency room, primary doctors, and specialists. That doesn’t even include the cost of medication.

Some insurance companies won’t cover the basic expenses after the crash. That does not sit right with us. If you are like most of our clients- you paid your bill every month. You committed to dutifully pay your bills because you wanted protection in case of an emergency. The emergency happened, and now your health insurer is nowhere to be found.

Our personal injury lawyer can help calculate how much your bills have cost you until today. They will also help you calculate the lifetime expenses that are likely to come up in the future due to the other person’s carelessness. Many people settle with insurance companies quickly, but this often allows the insurer from paying for any associated costs that are likely to happen later in life.

If you want to pay your medical bills today and tomorrow- it’s best to contact a personal injury lawyer. Vermont and New York car crash lawyer Drew Palcsik has experience fighting for clients and knows the insurance company’s tricks.