Accidents are common occurrences. The Georgia Department of Transportation collects data on traffic accidents in the state. Statistics show that an accident occurs on Georgia roads about every minute and, on average, a driver may be involved in an accident about once every 10 years. Luckily, most car accidents are minor fender-benders. However, sometimes, an accident causes serious and severe injuries. One of the most common injuries caused by traffic accidents is whiplash. Whiplash is a neck and back injury that can range from minor to extremely severe.
What Causes Whiplash?
Whiplash results from a sudden, strong jolt that whips the head forward and back. Auto accidents are one of the most common causes of whiplash, particularly rear-end collisions. The faster a vehicle is traveling when it plows into the back of another car, the more likely whiplash is to occur. Whiplash happens when you are wearing a seatbelt. The restraint keeps you from going through the windshield, which would likely cause your death. Whiplash injuries are often very difficult to treat because the symptoms may not appear immediately and the condition can worsen over time.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Whiplash
Symptoms of whiplash may include headaches, neck pain, stiffness in the neck and upper back, and reduced mobility of the head. Some people will experience sleep disturbances, ringing in the ears, memory problems, depression, difficulty concentrating, blurred vision, and irritability. Whiplash is typically considered a sprain or strain and will generally improve over time. Sometimes, whiplash leads to complications such as severe neck pain, ongoing headaches, and pain that radiates to the arms. Those who have previously had whiplash or other back injuries are more likely to suffer complications.
The doctor will examine the injury and may perform some tests such as a CT scan, MRI, or X-rays to evaluate and diagnose the condition. Treatment typically includes a variety of things to reduce and manage pain. Rest is essential immediately following the injury. Then, the doctor will instruct you to apply heat or cold to improve the pain. The physician may prescribe pain relievers or muscle relaxants to reduce the pain and improve mobility. Exercise and physical therapy will strengthen your muscles and restore movement. You may need to limit your movements and might need to wear a foam collar to keep your neck still.
What to Do Following a Traffic Accident Injury
If you suffered whiplash, or another injury as the result of a traffic accident, the negligent driver should be responsible for your medical bills and other damages. You might be entitled to money for your lost wages, pain and suffering, and all of the costs of your current and future medical care. If you were in an accident, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Your neck or back may not immediately hurt, but the pain might progress over the next 24 to 48 hours. Contact an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney to assist you in obtaining the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact our legal team at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation about your case.
Seth Bader is an Auto accident, Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Attorney who practices in Atlanta, Rome, Savannah, Norcross, Carrollton, Georgia. He graduated from Florida State University College of Law, and has been practicing law for 14 years. Seth Bader believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.