Published on September 15, 2015
We don’t talk about it much, but it’s actually very common to suffer serious injuries in a minor, low-speed car accident. City traffic requires plenty of starting and stopping, so even a short moment of carelessness can lead to a rear-end collision that whips your head back and forth pretty aggressively. If you’ve been in this kind of accident recently, you might very well be suffering from whiplash.
Whiplash is a stress injury to your neck where muscles and tendons are stretched and sometimes torn, causing serious pain that can last for days, weeks, or months. The most common symptoms of whiplash will manifest several hours after the actual accident and include…
Stiffness in the Neck
Whiplash can seriously reduce your neck’s mobility, making it difficult to perform everyday tasks. This can manifest a few hours after the accident, and usually lasts for a few days, though more serious strains will take much longer to heal.
Worsening Pain with Movement
Mild exercise usually relieves muscle stiffness, which will heal in a matter of days. The damage caused by the hyperextension of your ligaments and muscles will cause serious pain that can last for months, and actually gets worse if you increase the amount of stress that the injured area has to take.
Early on it’s common to experience some swelling. This serves as a strong indicator that you’ve suffered an injury, and should be enough reason to get you to a doctor’s office. This isn’t because you’re in danger, but it’ll help you establish a paper trail that you can use to justify your insurance claim if symptoms worsen and you need to pursue more treatment later.
If you’ve ever suffered from a tension headache, imagine what your body will do when you can barely move your neck at all, and have the extra aggravation of a neck injury to irritate the surrounding muscle groups. Whiplash headaches usually start at the base of the skull and radiate outward, with pain that can even radiate down into your shoulder and chest.
Dizziness and Vertigo
To go with your wonderful headache, neck pain, and immobility, you’ll get to deal with occasional spells of vertigo. Studies have been published suggesting that this is because your injury can temporarily reduce vertebral blood flow to the brainstem. This isn’t particularly dangerous on its own, but it can interfere with your ability to perform everyday tasks.
Car Accident Miami
Needless to say, if you’re suffering from these symptoms you should consult with your doctor and call us at 1-800-INJURED if you’d like us to refer you to a local medical center. Additionally, we can put you in touch with an experienced car accident lawyer in Miami from your area who can help you win your claim for compensation for your medical expenses and your pain and suffering.