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Rear-end car accidents can result in whiplash

You may be stopped at a stop sign, a red light or in congested traffic when, "Bam!" You've been rear-ended by another driver. Such car accidents are, unfortunately, all-to-common in Lexington and nationwide. Some victims of a rear-end accident may be fortunate enough to walk away with nothing more than a few bumps or bruises. However, they should keep an eye on their health over the coming days and weeks, as some more serious injuries might not manifest themselves right away.

One of these more serious injuries that may not be apparent right away is whiplash. A person suffers whiplash when their head is forcefully "whipped" back and forth, causing a neck injury. Oftentimes this is due to an impact caused by a car crash.

When a person suffers whiplash, they may experience pain and stiffness in their neck. They may find their neck hurts more when they move it, or that they cannot move it in the same way they could before being injured. Their head may hurt, often where the skull meets the neck. Pain can extend to their shoulder, back or arms, which may feel numb or as if they are on "pins and needles." A person suffering from whiplash may be unusually tired and they may also be dizzy.

It could take months for a person to recover from whiplash, but sometimes the pain caused by the whiplash becomes chronic or there are further complications. For example, a person's vision could get blurry, they may have tinnitus, they may have difficulty sleeping, they may be irritable, they may develop depression and they could find it difficult to concentrate and remember things.

As this shows, whiplash is a serious injury. Oftentimes it takes more than just rest and a neck brace to cure whiplash. A person may need prescription painkillers and physical therapy to recover from their injury. So, when a person suffers from whiplash in a car crash, they may want to explore their legal options, so they can pursue compensation if appropriate.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Whiplash," accessed Feb. 5, 2018

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