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Rear-ended? Whiplash injuries can be a real pain in the neck

Serious injuries from a car accident can create various challenges in life, whether temporary or permanent. Some injuries might present immediate symptoms, while others may take time to develop. If injured in an accident, you might want to hold off on accepting a settlement until you are aware of all your injuries to avoid missing out on compensation to which you might have otherwise been entitled.

Perhaps while stopped in traffic, another car rear-ended you, and several days later you began experiencing neck and/or back pain. You could be suffering from whiplash, which is a common injury following a rear-end collision. Even if the other vehicle wasn’t travelling at a high rate of speed prior to the collision, a whiplash injury can still occur and cause you a great deal of pain and suffering.

Potential symptoms and treatments for whiplash

Whiplash can present a wide array of symptoms, such as pain and stiffness in the neck, dizziness and even headaches. More severe cases can lead to cognitive issues that could include loss of memory and issues with concentration. Similar injuries may also vary regarding recovery time, with some symptoms lasting only a few weeks, and others resulting in chronic pain that can be difficult to overcome. The treatments for this type of injury may depend on the severity and could include the following:

  • Immobilization of affected area via brace/collar
  • Physical and/or massage therapy
  • Medication
  • Cervical traction
  • Surgery

Even if the pain you’re experiencing doesn’t appear to be severe at first, you should probably seek medical attention from a specialist. If left untreated, these injuries can develop into serious issues that involve long-term or permanent pain. They could also make you more prone to further neck and/or back injuries in the future.

Seeking compensation for whiplash injuries

In most rear-end collisions, the fault may lie with the driver that initiates the contact. However, there may be certain circumstances where another party might also be responsible, even if only partially. If you are seeking to obtain compensation for injuries suffered in this type of accident, you will probably find it beneficial to obtain assistance from someone who is knowledgeable in this area and in Louisiana state traffic laws.

You should speak with a personal injury attorney for guidance throughout this challenging process. An attorney can evaluate the circumstances revolving around your accident and assist you in pursuing the full amount of compensation to which you’re entitled through a claim against the party or parties deemed culpable.


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