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Is that post-crash neck pain actually whiplash?

On Behalf of | Jun 10, 2024 | Car Accident

Experiencing neck pain after a car crash can be concerning, and it’s natural to wonder if it might be whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the neck is jolted back and forth. This motion can cause damage to the soft tissues in the neck and shoulders, leading to pain and discomfort. 

The symptoms of whiplash can vary widely, so you may not be able to tell for sure whether your aches are whiplash-related until you’re examined by a medical professional. With that being said, common indicators of this condition include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness: Often starting within a few hours to days after an accident. The pain can range from mild to severe and may also lead to stiffness
  • Headaches: These usually start at the base of the skull and radiate towards the forehead
  • Shoulder and arm pain: The pain may extend to the shoulders, upper back and arms
  • Dizziness and fatigue: Feeling dizzy or unusually tired is also common
  • Numbness or tingling: Some people experience a pins-and-needles sensation in their arms or hands

If you suspect that you have whiplash, it’s important to seek medical attention promptly. A healthcare provider can properly diagnose your condition to better ensure that you can access sufficient treatment promptly. It is important to keep in mind that any of the symptoms listed above can be evidence of other serious conditions as well. 

Seeking legal guidance

If your whiplash symptoms persist or significantly impact your daily life, it might be wise to obtain personalized legal guidance. Especially if your harm was caused by another’s negligence or intentional conduct, you may be entitled to significant compensation for the losses that you’ve suffered.