Whiplash is an umbrella term for various neck and head injuries that are often caused during a car accident. Even when a vehicle is traveling at a low speed, a sudden impact can violently force your head forward (hyperflexion) or backward (hyperextension). In fact, over half of all whiplash injuries happen when there is no visible or structural damage to the vehicle.

If you sustained injuries in a car accident caused by another driver, take immediate action to pursue compensation by calling Duncan Firm at 877-638-6226 today. Our Little Rock attorneys will review your case for free.

What Does Whiplash Injure?

Whiplash most commonly causes soft-tissue injuries in the neck, but it can also result in more widespread damage to the shoulders and arms.

People who experienced whiplash during a car accident may have injuries in their:

  • Intervertebral joints
  • Discs
  • Ligaments and tendons
  • Nerves
  • Cervical muscles

If soft-tissue injuries are not quickly treated with soft tissue therapy, the injured muscles and ligaments can cause chronic pain for months and even years after the car accident. This is why it is so important to be examined by a medical professional as soon as possible after a car accident, even if you feel “fine” at the time.

Whiplash can also cause traumatic brain injury, since your brain is thrown back and forth inside of your skull. In a recent study, researchers found that whiplash resulted in brain damage in over 20% of cases.

Symptoms of Whiplash

Depending on how severe your whiplash was, you may have a quick recovery, or your symptoms may get worse over time. Whiplash symptoms include:

  • Stiffness and pain in the neck and shoulders
  • Pain between your shoulder blades
  • Arm pain and weakness
  • Back pain
  • Loss of neck motion
  • Headaches

If you are suffering from whiplash after a car accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence, make sure you receive the compensation you need to get proper medical treatment. Please contact the Duncan Firm online or call 877-638-6226 today to schedule a free case review with our experienced Little Rock car accident attorneys.