While some car accident injuries are obviously serious, such as traumatic amputation, others may not be so obvious. Whiplash is a rather common type of car accident injury that many categorize as minor, though it can continue to have a major impact on an Oklahoma victim's life long into the future.
If you suffered a whiplash injury in an accident, you may initially be unaware of how your injury will impact you. Often, whiplash victims remain unaware of the extent of their injury for days or weeks. Regardless of the type of injury you have, you should not suffer the consequences of another driver's actions alone.
The not-so-minor effects of a whiplash injury
Whiplash occurs when the head rapidly bends forward, followed by a whipping motion as the head moves back. This is a common reaction to the impact of a car accident, especially a rear-end accident. Whiplash can occur even in a low-speed impact, and the following symptoms often characterize these injuries:
- Neck pain
- Stiffness and limited range of motion of the neck
- Radiating pain in the shoulder and arm
- Back pain
- Tingling, numbness and weakness
This type of injury is complex, and sometimes it is difficult to get a clear diagnosis. Often, symptoms do not present right away, or they may worsen significantly in the days or weeks after the initial injury. While considered a minor injury, whiplash can greatly affect your ability to work, do physical activity and participate in other daily activities.
Whiplash does not go away overnight. You need medical care, and your needs may require support or therapy for months after the accident. Continued care is expensive, especially if you are unable to work for a period due to your injury and recovery needs. Fortunately, if your injury was the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another driver, you could have the option to seek recovery of your financial losses.
Pursuit of a full recovery
Car accidents affect people in different ways. You could be dealing with what many people consider a minor injury, but that does not diminish your right to compensation. If you believe that you could have a valid personal injury claim, it can be useful to start by seeking a complete evaluation of your case.
Whiplash can have a major impact on your life, but you do not have to deal with it on your own. It is prudent for all accident victims to seek a full understanding of their legal options.