Whiplash injuries are common in car accidents and range from minimal to severe. The severity of a whiplash injury is dependent on many factors, such as age, physical condition, speed and direction of vehicles and body position at impact. Mild cases of whiplash do not typically limit normal movement or accompany any sprained ligaments. However, in some cases, forces may be significant enough to damage spinal discs. In addition, muscle and ligament damage may occur. Physical damages are often accompanied by muscle weakness, loss of sensation and decrease in reflexes. The most sever form of whiplash injury may include dislocated or fractured vertebrae, muscles tearing from the bone, nerve damage, concussions and internal bleeding.
Untreated whiplash injuries can have serious consequences. In addition to chronic pain and headaches caused by damaged areas in the neck, untreated whiplash may cause neck stiffness and reduced range of movement. Without treatment, conditions can end up being long term or permanent. Whiplash cases involving a concussion can be especially dangerous, and left untreated can cause headaches, disability, coma or death. Although these cases are rare, an untreated concussion increases the likelihood of complications if there is a second concussion.
There are many people that experience neck pain following an accident and assume that the pain will pass within the next few days. However, it is still very important to be seen by a physician following the accident because of possible risks later down the line. If you have experienced a whiplash injury due to the negligence of a driver, contact Broward car accident attorneys Darfoor Law Firm at 1-833-DARFOOR for a free consultation regarding your case.
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