Whiplash Injuries

We have all heard the term “whiplash”. Whiplash is one of, if not the most, common diagnoses given out in the emergency room following an accident. Whiplash is a diagnosis for a neck strain defined by the Mayo Clinic as “a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip”. Whiplash is usually associated with a rear-end car accident, but can also occur as the result of other trauma. If you have received a diagnosis of whiplash, make sure you keep an eye on your symptoms and follow through with your physician’s instructions for treatment, as often times an initial diagnosis of whiplash in the ER will later turn out to be a more serious injury such as a herniated disc. Keep in touch with your medical treatment providers and make sure to let them know of all your symptoms. If your symptoms worsen or change, especially if you begin to experience shooting pain or numbness into your shoulders, arms or anywhere else in your lower extremities, let your attorney know and contact your doctor immediately.