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Whiplash Injury - How Serious Is Your Neck Injury

Whiplash Injury

In Canada, Whiplash injury affects 83% of all individuals in a traffic collision. Whiplash frequently occurs when a motor vehicle is struck from the rear or side, causing sharp and sudden movement to the neck of the driver or occupants. Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissues of the neck from a sudden jolt or movement of the head. Whiplash injuries involve the straining of muscles and ligaments in the neck beyond their normal range of motion.

Mild symptoms from Whiplash can range from tender muscles (often called Grade I Whiplash) to limited neck movement (Grade II Whiplash). These kinds of injuries are typically temporary in nature and most individuals who experience mild Whiplash injury are able to recover and regain a full range of motion in neck muscles. More serious forms of Whiplash can involve neurological symptoms like tingling and numbness in extremities. These injuries, while much less common than mild forms of Whiplash, typically require more intensive treatment including physical therapy, and usually involve longer recovery times.

In cases of Whiplash injury, it may take time for symptoms to appear. Pain, stiffness, and other symptoms associated with mild cases of whiplash often start to appear within the first two days following an accident, but these symptoms can take longer periods of time to appear. As is the case with any personal injury, seeking immediate and qualified medical care is of paramount importance. It is also important to note that in the case of minor Whiplash injuries, too much rest can often exacerbate symptoms. Research shows that in cases of mild Whiplash, continuing normal activities is important to your recovery and resting for more than one or two days can prolong recovery times.

While most Whiplash injuries are minor in nature, it is important to talk to your doctor if you experience severe neck pain, or if pain spreads to your shoulders or arms. Numbness, tingling, and weakness in your arms or legs are also concerns to immediately inform your doctor of. Additionally, it is important to speak to your doctor or health care provider if pain and stiffness return after clearing up.

In cases of more serious Whiplash injury, seeking the advice of a personal injury lawyer is extremely important. A personal injury lawyer will understand your rights and responsibilities under the law, and can provide valuable advice on compensation and your recovery. While most whiplash injuries are minor and do not require extensive medical treatment or time off from work, serious Whiplash injuries can have a devastating impact on your overall well-being, including limiting your physical mobility and ability to perform work. Regardless of any immediate symptoms, if you have experienced Whiplash injury, ensure you seek immediate medical treatment.

For assistance with a personal injury or insurance claim, please email David at dhimelfarb@himprolaw.com. To be contacted immediately call 1-855-446-7765 for a free case evaluation.

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