Whiplash injuries occur when your body is subjected to a tremendous force of acceleration or deceleration, often due to something like a car accident. Although your body may not strike anything, the forces involved can put significant strain on your soft tissues, such as your muscles, tendons, nerves, and even your brain. Most often, whiplash injuries affect the neck, but they can impact your entire body.
After a car accident, it’s always best to seek medical care, even if you think you’re fine. Shock and stress can make you unaware of your whiplash injury at first, and if left untreated minor injuries can become worse. You should definitely seek are if you experience any of the following after a car accident:
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Back pain
- Jaw pain
- Arm pain, numbness, or tingling
- Weakness in any of your limbs
- Visual disturbances
- Trouble sleeping
- Ringing or roaring in the ears (tinnitus)
One of the challenges of whiplash injuries is that your personal injury may be out of proportion with the objective measures of the accident, such as damage to your car, skid marks, and visible signs of injury. A personal injury lawyer can help you document your whiplash injury so you can receive compensation appropriate to your injury.
For help with a whiplash injury in Chattanooga, please contact Herbert Thornbury, Attorney at Law today for a free initial consultation.