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Don't go back and forth in figuring out how to handle whiplash

As you drive to work, your mind may feel consumed with thoughts about the upcoming activities of the day, such as the seminar you have to teach, the business meeting and cooking dinner once you get home. However, all of a sudden, a nearby car hits you without warning, thus forcing your mind to return to the present from the future.

These types of car accidents can easily happen in Florida due to another driver's carelessness. In some cases, you may suffer injuries, with whiplash injuries being one of the most common types. Fortunately, you have the right to seek justice following this type of injury accident.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a particularly common injury following a rear-end car crash when the impact of the crash forces your head to move backward and forward in a violent manner. A collision does not have to involve high speeds in order for you to suffer this type of injury. Even in a low-speed crash, your neck's ligaments, vertebrae and muscles can suffer injury. Other names for whiplash injury include hyperextension injury, cervical sprain or cervical strain.

Whiplash symptoms

In the days following your whiplash-causing accident, you may experience some of the following medical symptoms:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory issues
  • Back pain
  • Equilibrium and balance problems
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Neck pain
  • Stiffness and tightness in your neck

Treatment for whiplash-related injuries might include physical therapy, magnetic resonance imaging, massage therapy, the use of muscle relaxants or the use of a cervical collar or brace to keep your neck from moving. Your recovery time may span from two weeks to three months, although in more severe cases, you may suffer pain for more than a year or even experience chronic pain for decades.

What are my options after suffering whiplash?

If another driver caused your whiplash-related injuries due to being negligent -- such as driving while texting or driving too quickly for road conditions -- it is within your rights to seek financial compensation for your injuries.

Monetary compensation cannot undo the events leading to your whiplash injuries, but it may help you to cover your ongoing medical bills and even the loss of wages if your injuries kept you from returning to work for a long period of time. Monetary damages can also help to address pain and suffering along with emotional distress resulting from your potentially life-complicating accident.

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