Movies and TV shows often depict someone with whiplash wearing a large, comical neck brace who becomes the butt of many jokes, but whiplash is a real, potentially serious injury that can happen to anyone in San Clemente who is involved in a car accident. Whiplash is the common term for injuries of the neck after one is jolted or whipped back and forth suddenly. Sprains, strains or tears can occur when the head and neck are pushed back and forth quickly or violently.
While it is another TV cliché, someone involved in a car accident may appear fine after a crash but have neck pain later. Whiplash often develops between 2-48 hours after an injury, and this might be because one does not feel any neck pain until after the adrenaline from a crash wears off and muscle soreness sets in.
It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of whiplash, which may include:
- Stiffness around the neck
- Pain when attempting to move the neck
- Headaches at the base of the skull
- Difficulty swallowing
- Blurred vision
In most cases, whiplash symptoms begin to fade and are gone within a few weeks or months. However, whiplash could last for a year or lead to chronic pain. Treating whiplash quickly and alerting a doctor if symptoms persist helps keep whiplash from becoming a large problem in one’s life.
Since medical attention is necessary to keep whiplash from worsening, victims of a car accident should consider contacting a San Clemente car accident lawyer. An attorney can file a claim against a negligent driver so that you or a loved one receives compensation for an accident and can pay for medical bills.
You should not have to worry about expenses after a crash because your health and recovery are more important, so contact us today.