Whiplash is an injury to the tendons, ligaments, and muscles in the neck that is frequently caused by
a rapid whipping motion of the neck. This kind of injury is most commonly associated with car accidents,
in which a driver’s neck may be suddenly whipped forward and back by a sudden collision or stop. However,
it is possible for drivers and passengers to be similarly injured on other modes of transportation,
such as in buses, trains, or planes, or on bicycles or horseback.
Whiplash is an extremely painful injury that can prevent a person from completing even simple daily
tasks. A victim of whiplash may feel pain throughout the neck, severe headaches, and limited range of
motion. It may be difficult to turn the head left to right, to bend at the neck to cradle a phone, or
even to hold the neck upright throughout the day. The pain may irritate the victim to the point of nausea
or blacking out, making it impossible to work until he or she is fully recovered.
Thousands of Americans experience whiplash each year from vehicle accidents, sports injuries, assault,
slip and fall injuries, and roller coasters, to name a few. If you are suffering from whiplash from
any of the above, consider contacting a personal injury attorney immediately.
Someone may be responsible for the accident that caused your injuries and your attorney can help you
hold them legally accountable in court. A personal injury lawyer can also fight to get you compensation
for your injuries and damages, such as medical bills, physical therapy costs, lost wages from time taken
off of work, counseling sessions and support groups, and pain and suffering.