One of the most common injuries in car accidents is whiplash. This occurs when the neck is suddenly or violently jolted in one direction and then another, causing a whip-like motion that results in sprains or strains to the structures in the neck.
The most common symptoms associated with whiplash are pain and stiffness in the neck, but they can also extend to the shoulders, arms, upper back, and upper chest. Additionally, whiplash might also be accompanied by several concussion-like symptoms, such as nausea, dizziness, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, and jaw pain.
Recovery Time of Whiplash
Recovery time depends on the seriousness of your whiplash injury. The average recovery time is a little over four weeks—32 days, to be precise. 90% of people recover completely within three months.
However, 10% of whiplash victims have symptoms which last six months or more. An even smaller number experience chronic pain or headaches for years after the accident occurred. Pain that continues for this long is typically caused by deeper issues, including damage to the neck joints, disks, or ligaments. Furthermore, those suffering from severe whiplash often experience depression, making it difficult to recover from the injury and continue with normal day-to-day activities.
If you have suffered a whiplash injury in an accident caused by a negligent party, it is imperative to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. At MR Civil Justice, our Dallas personal injury lawyers can help ensure that you receive the best treatment and advice to alleviate the problem as quickly as possible, as well as advise you on your options for recovering compensation to pay for medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering.