Whiplash injuries are common in motor vehicle accidents

One of the most pressing concerns for injured motor vehicle accident victims is missing work during recovery. In most cases, financial hardship is the main impetus for personal injury lawsuits centered on motor vehicle accidents. Victims need to pay their bills while recovering, but the lack of income makes this difficult if not impossible.

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries suffered in a vehicle crash. It is a soft tissue injury that occurs when the victim's head is violently "whipped" back and forth during a collision. Sometimes, whiplash injuries are not severe, and victims can return to work quickly. Other times, whiplash may be severe enough to keep accident victims away from work for weeks or months.

Further, the symptoms of whiplash may not manifest right away. This means that some victims do not get immediate medical attention, which may or may not worsen their condition.

Common symptoms of whiplash include the following.

  • Pain and stiffness in the neck
  • Reduced range of motion in and around the neck
  • Headaches, fatigue and dizziness
  • Pain or tenderness in the back, shoulder or arms
  • Numb or tingling arms

Many crashes occur because of another party's negligence (such as driving while impaired). Any time negligence is a factor in motor vehicle accidents, victims have the right to seek compensation to help mitigate their financial hardships.

An attorney can help you identify a legal remedy that can help you make ends meet during recovery. This may involve dealing with your insurance company on your behalf or guiding you through an injury lawsuit against the negligent party responsible for your suffering.

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