Imagine that you are going about your business, and out of nowhere, Mike Tyson punches you in the head. What would that do to your neck? A whiplash injury can do the same.
Some people doubt the authenticity of claims for whiplash. They think the person is inventing it to get money after a car crash. Yet, if you suffer from whiplash yourself, you will know it is genuine.
One of the reasons whiplash has this image is that the signs are not visible. When people see someone walking around after a car crash, they assume nothing is wrong with them.
On top of this, the person suffering may have felt fine at first. It could have taken them days or weeks to notice the effects.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is not one injury, but the collective term for a range of symptoms resulting from your head whipping forward or backward suddenly. These are some of the signs that you may have whiplash:
- A sore or stiff neck, or loss of neck movement
- Headaches emanating from the base of your skull
- Soreness in your arms, upper back or shoulders
- Tingling in the arms
- Tiredness or dizziness
Car accidents, especially being hit from behind, are one of the leading causes of whiplash. If you have ever braked hard, you will have felt your head jerk forward as your seat belt held your chest in place.
If you have suffered a whiplash injury in an Oklahoma car accident, you need to understand the legal options for claiming compensation.