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Determining if whiplash was suffered in a collision

On Behalf of | May 3, 2022 | Personal Injury

Texas roadways can be dangerous places, especially at intersections. For those traveling by motor vehicle or as pedestrians, dangers often lurk that can result in severe injuries. If a collision occurs, those involved will want to closely monitor their conditions in the days and weeks that follow, checking for signs of injury, particularly whiplash, if the hit came from behind.  

Whiplash is a broad term referring to numerous injuries 

When people think of whiplash, they tend to think of a sore neck. While the neck is indeed often adversely affected in a whiplash injury, the term actually refers to injuries that may occur anywhere in the upper body, at or above the shoulders. The following list includes symptoms that suggest whiplash injuries, especially for someone who has recently been in a car accident:  

  • Decreased range of motion or completely immobility, especially in arms or upper body regions 
  • Tingling, numbness or weakness in any part of the body 
  • Headache 
  • Neck, shoulder or back pain 

Even if several hours, days or longer have passed since being involved in a motor vehicle collision, these symptoms merit immediate medical attention, especially if they linger or get worse over time.  

Recovering from collision-induced whiplash injuries 

It can take months to recover from whiplash. Whiplash injuries can also develop into chronic adverse health issues that include pain and discomfort. It is important to inform an attending physician that the symptoms in question developed after being involved in a Texas motor vehicle collision. Whiplash injuries often require repeated medical examinations for care, which can cause serious financial distress; if another person’s negligence caused the collision that resulted in injury, a recovering victim may financial recovery for damages in court.