How to Know If You Have Whiplash


Protecting Yourself After an Accident-Related Neck Injury

Not all injuries are obvious after an auto accident. It can take days to weeks for certain conditions to show symptoms. Whiplash is one of the most common accident-related injuries that may not have any signs in the immediate aftermath of an accident.

At Bishop & Hayes, auto injury recovery is the only type of law we practice. By narrowing our focus, we are able to ensure that our clients receive the dedicated representation they deserve. If you have been injured in a car accident, contact our office at (417) 304-3228 to book a free consultation with a partner at the firm.

How to Identify Whiplash

Whiplash is a serious neck injury commonly caused by car accidents. The sudden forceful impact of a collision throws the head in a rapid back-and-forth movement resulting in trauma to the neck. Whiplash can be extremely painful and may cause long-term health problems.

Signs and symptoms of whiplash:

  • Pain or stiffness
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Back pain
  • Pain that spreads to the arms
  • Headaches
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck
  • Blurred vision
  • Trouble concentrating

Signs and symptoms of whiplash are often delayed. Often, accident victims dismiss minor aches and pain, only realizing there is a problem once it gets worse. It is essential to seek medical attention after any accident. Even fender benders can result in whiplash or other serious injuries.

Long-Lasting Effects of Whiplash

Whiplash can cause long-term health complications that make it difficult to engage in normal day-to-day activities. In severe cases, whiplash or neck trauma may leave you unable to work and affect your mobility. Receiving an early diagnosis and establishing a proper treatment plan can help mitigate your pain and aid in your recovery.

Long-lasting effects of whiplash include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Dizziness and fatigue
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Pain or stiffness in the jaw
  • Memory problems
  • Personality changes
  • Difficulty sleeping

High-speed crashes and rear-end collisions are more likely to cause whiplash with long-term complications, but the problems may occur even in minor accidents. Whiplash injuries can last for years and may last a lifetime.

Receiving Compensation for Whiplash

In order to receive adequate compensation for whiplash, you need to get evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible after a car accident. Delays or gaps in treatment may affect your right to recovery. 

In addition, you should always consult with an experienced attorney. Whiplash injuries can be challenging to prove without the help of legal counsel. A lawyer will ensure that you receive compensation to cover all of your medical care, future treatment, and pain and suffering.

Suffering from Whiplash After an Accident? Contact Our Office Today.

Are you suffering from whiplash after a car accident? Contact our office at (417) 304-3228 to discuss your rights and determine whether you are eligible for compensation. 

At Bishop & Hayes, we exclusively focus on auto injury law and have over 50 years of combined experience. We are aggressive litigators who know what it takes to maximize damages and hold wrongful parties accountable. Call today to get started.

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