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Whiplash injury may result from a rear-end crash

As you travel to town and look in your rearview mirror, you see a car approach you, but it does not stop. All of a sudden, it strikes the back of your car. Your head moves back and forth, and you feel pain in your neck area.

Whiplash is one of the most frequently occurring types of injuries that affect the soft tissues. Fortunately, if you have suffered this type of injury due to another motorist's carelessness behind the wheel in California, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a type of injury that typically occurs to those involved in a rear-end car accident. In these types of collisions, the impact forces your head to move in a violent back-and-forth motion. Whiplash is also known as a cervical strain, hyperextension injury or cervical sprain.

Despite its name, this kind of injury may happen just as easily in a low-speed crash as it does in a high-speed one. This is because, even in a low-speed collision, the sudden impact may cause your ligaments, muscles and vertebrae to receive injury.

Signs you have suffered whiplash

Here are several symptoms of whiplash injuries that you may experience, following your rear-end motor vehicle accident:

  • Serious pain in your neck (not a sharp pain but rather an achy feeling)
  • Headache
  • Back pain
  • Concentration issues
  • Tightness in your neck
  • Dizziness
  • Balance problems
  • Memory challenges

Some of these symptoms may appear immediately after your crash. Meanwhile, you may not experience symptoms for days following the crash. As soon as you begin to experience any of these symptoms, it is critical that you visit your medical doctor for a check-up. Your doctor might refer you to a neck and back specialist or even a chiropractor. The treatments available for those with whiplash range from massage therapy to the use of muscle relaxants.

Your rights after suffering whiplash in a motor vehicle wreck

If another person's negligence caused you to suffer whiplash injuries, you may file a personal injury claim against this person, seeking the reimbursement of financial damages. A successfully fought suit may lead to a monetary damage award that might help you to cover your related medical bills, the loss of wages and other expenses resulting from your rear-end car accident.

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