There are a number of serious injuries that victims may suffer when they are involved in motor vehicle collisions. Injuries can affect victims’ bones through fractures, organs through bruising and damage and even soft tissue through strains, sprains and pulls. When a California resident is involved in a car collision, they should always seek medical help to ensure that their physical harm can be improved.
One common but painful form of car accident injury that victims may suffer is whiplash. Whiplash occurs when a person’s head is thrown forward and backward and their neck bears the brunt of stabilizing it. Whiplash can happen in many different accident contexts, but it is often associated with rear-end collisions.
The pain and associated symptoms of whiplash can be felt immediately after an accident or may take time to develop. While pain is one of the most common symptoms associated with whiplash, stiffness, lack of mobility and cognitive issues may also develop. Though whiplash is generally associated with an injury in the neck, its effects can spread down a victim’s body and cause them to experience discomfort and problems in their back as well.
After any form of car accident, a victim should go to the doctor to make sure that they have been properly assessed for injuries, including whiplash. Braces, medications and physical therapy may all be necessary to help a victim improve their health and get them back to living their life. Their losses from medical bills, lost time from work, property damage and other causes can all be pursued through personal injury litigation with the guidance of legal professionals that they trust. This civil action can seek to hold a negligent party accountable for the damages caused to an accident victim.