If you’ve been in an automobile crash there is a possibility that you suffered a whiplash injury. Whiplash is a painful neck injury caused when your head is suddenly jolted back and forth. Rear-end automobile collisions are common causes of whiplash.
Left untreated, or if you get into another collision, you can begin to suffer from what is called “long-term whiplash.”
A tricky thing about whiplash is that in many cases, it can take up to 12 hours or more for your symptoms of discomfort to appear. You might think you have no symptoms now and then discover tomorrow that you do. Over time, symptoms and related issues can get worse without proper medical care.
If you’ve been the victim of an automobile accident, you need to seek medical attention immediately.
When whiplash is left untreated and long-term whiplash sets in, many problems can occur. Some of these are:
Ringing in your ears
Pain and stiffness in your neck and shoulders
Numbness or weakness in your arms or legs
Concentration and memory problems
Worse, “whiplash syndrome” can occur. This is a combination of those symptoms occurring together. When those symptoms continue for six-to-twelve months or longer, the condition might be diagnosed as whiplash syndrome.
Over time, long-term whiplash and whiplash syndrome can seriously affect your life, your relationships and your work.
Only a physician, including chiropractic physicians, can diagnose whiplash. A proper diagnosis is important to get you the treatment you need to get better. It’s also important to your case if we need to file a claim against the person who caused the accident.
Bottom line: if you’ve been in a vehicle crash, especially if someone hit you from behind, you need to see a physician for a thorough exam.
Your physician will diagnose your condition, document his or her findings, and give you a treatment plan to get well. You need to follow your doctor’s treatment plan to the letter. Doing this will get you back to good health as quickly as possible, and help your case in dealing with insurance companies.
Do you suffer from any of the above symptoms of long-term whiplash and remember being the victim in a rear-end collision? If yes, you may have long-term whiplash.
If you’ve been the victim of a rear-end collision recently or at some point in the past, contact our office today to schedule a free consultation. We can help you understand your rights under Arizona law to get the medical care and financial assistance you deserve.