If you have been involved in a car accident, you may have experienced pain or stiffness in your neck and shoulders. Whiplash, which is a term used to describe the hyperextension or hyperflexion of the neck, is unfortunately one of the most common injuries associated with motor vehicle collisions. Although whiplash is sometimes described as a “soft tissue” injury, it can result in chronic, debilitating, and long-term pain.

Whiplash Symptoms

Whiplash can occur in a wide variety of car accidents, including side-impact collisions and rear-end crashes. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle crash, you should monitor your health for signs of whiplash. Some of the most common whiplash symptoms include:

  • Stiff neck and shoulders
  • Headache, migraine
  • Fatigue
  • Numbness and tingling in extremities
  • Blurred vision
  • Impeded range of motion
  • Moderate to severe neck and shoulder pain
  • Vertigo, dizziness
  • Difficulty concentrating

If you were injured in a car accident, it is important to seek medical treatment for your injuries as soon as possible after the crash. Some individuals delay obtaining care. However, it is more difficult for a personal injury attorney to show that your injuries were caused by your accident if medical treatment is not obtained promptly. By seeing your health care provider early, you can begin making an official medical record of your injuries, your symptoms, and your treatment plan. In most cases, more detailed records make it much easier for your attorney to obtain full and fair compensation for your injuries. You may even consider keeping a daily pain journal to record how your symptoms vary from day to day.

Contact Our St. Petersburg Whiplash Lawyer

Whiplash is an unfortunately common car accident injury that can cause long-term pain and disability. If you have been injured in a St. Petersburg car accident, it is important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at Emerson Straw, PL handle all types of car accident and wrongful death cases. Contact our office at (727) 821-1500 to speak to an attorney about your case.

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