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In a rear end collision, a victim's head can be violently jerked back and forth beyond its normal limits. The ligaments and muscles supporting the neck and spine can tear or severely stretch, resulting in a whiplash.
When the accident happens the body is pushed forward but the head remains in the same position momentarily, then jerks forward. This motion hyperextends the soft tissues and nerves surrounding the neck.
The injury can be temporary or permanent, lasting a few days or a lifetime. Many victims may not even feel symptoms for years. That is why it's imperative to seek medical attention and legal advice immediately should serious complications show up later. For a free consultation with experienced Orlando auto accident lawyers, call Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter today at (855) 880-4741.
The severity of a whiplash depends on whether or not you were properly restrained, how you were seated in the car and the force of the impact. If you were rear-ended by a vehicle at 5 miles per hour or less, your chances of injury are minimal. However, most rear end accidents happen at speeds of 6 to 12 miles per hour.
Early symptoms may take two hours to two days to show up. Almost half of whiplash victims report continued suffering for up to two years after the accident.
Seventy percent of whiplash victims suffer headaches on the side of their head, are in constant pain all over, or experience intermittent throbbing pain. Neck and shoulder pain are also common symptoms. Muscle tears can cause tingling, burning or prickling pain from muscle tears. Severe disc damage results in sharp pain in other areas of the body, including the arms, hands and fingers.
Other symptoms of whiplash include:
- Lower back pain and stiffness
- Facial pain
- Jaw pain
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty swallowing
- Ringing ears
Some relief is found through medication and therapy. Severe damage could devastate the victim's work, lifestyle and ability to support themselves and their loved ones.
Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter has extensive experience pursuing compensation on behalf of clients who suffered a wide range of injuries in automobile accidents, including whiplash and other forms of neck injury. To discuss your claim for free, contact us online or call (855) 880-4741 today. Our attorneys represent clients throughout the Orlando, Florida, area.