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Whiplash: An Overview Of A Common Accident Occurrence

You have heard the term over and over; “I still have whiplash from that accident” or “You’re going to give me whiplash!”. Even though many people use the word loosely, it is important to know exactly what whiplash entails, common ways you can get it, and how important whiplash is to not only victims but to the rest of the world.

Whiplash happens when someone’s head and neck are jerked violently in a direction that they aren’t used too, causing tense pains in the neck. It most commonly occurs in car accidents, whether being side swiped or rear ended many people’s buckled in bodies will move with the car while their swiveling head is jerked in the forced direction causing the problem. Whiplash can cause serious spinal vertebrae pain, muscle tightness and tendon seizures in the shoulder and neck region, and be accompanied with pain while moving or turning the head. More severe cases have symptoms of jaw pain and chronic dizziness or headaches for a short time after the accident.

Believe it or not, Whiplash has a very serious effect on not just it’s victims. Those who suffer from whiplash in a motor vehicle accident often require hospital examination that results in the prescription of painkillers as well as time of work to relax and rest. The compensation for these problems is actually so large that an estimated around $30 billion a year are spent on whiplash compensations, which has a major flux in the economy.

Disability, lost productivity, sick leaves, and numerous medical bills, all attribute to compensations for those who experience whiplash in an accident caused by a negligent driver. If you have been hit and are experiencing neck and head pains, contact the legal advisors at The Mcminn Law Firm to get advice on the steps you should take.