Severe Whiplash Injury Symptoms

If you think you may be experiencing serious whiplash symptoms, you must be made aware that reading this article is no substitute for seeking professional medical treatment at the first possible moment.

The medical information used in this article is compiled from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), NHS, MayoClinic, NetDoctor and eMedicineHealth websites.

Cause of Serious Whiplash Symptoms

The most common cause of serious whiplash symptoms is a car accident – due to unexpected acceleration or deceleration – although other instances where a person could experience such an injury may include accidental falls, sporting activities, objects falling on the head and physical assaults.

People sustain their whiplash symptoms due to a sudden, forced movement or jerk where the spine’s soft tissue is stretched and strained. Additionally, some symptoms of serious whiplash may be caused by or worsened by related injuries that happen simultaneously, like micro-fractions or dislocations.

Symptoms of Whiplash

Although all symptoms of whiplash may be considered serious whiplash symptoms, the following list contains some of the most common symptoms: neck pain, muscle spasms, swelling in the neck, difficulty moving the neck around, stiffness in the back of the head, headaches, shooting pain from neck to shoulder or arms, increased fatigue, sensory disturbance, referred pain to the shoulders or arms.

Note: List whiplash symptoms compiled from NHS Choices, eMedicineHealth, MayoClinic, NetDoctor, and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Web sites.

These common symptoms may take a number or days to manifest. You may experience the following symptoms immediately after the accident: blurred visions, dizziness, weakness/tingling of the arms and legs, shoulder pain or pain in either or both arms.

If you have symptoms that indicate whiplash, it is recommended that you seek the assistance of a doctor as soon as practically possible as there may be additional injuries only identifiable by a doctor.

Serious Repercussions of Whiplash

Some serious whiplash symptoms can be very dangerous. An accident victim may suffer memory loss or perhaps periods of unconsciousness after a particularly severe car accident. Some signs that the whiplash may be severe include terrible pains at the back of the head, pins and needles in the arms and shoulders or a heavy sensation in the arms. In this instance, an ambulance should be called immediately.

Serious problems may arise if headaches and neck stiffness lead to a lack of sleep which can result in a lack of concentration. Poor concentration can in turn result in additional accidents.

A small number of whiplash sufferers develop chronic whiplash symptoms and contract “whiplash syndrome”. They experience continuous pain and headaches, restricted movement at the back of the neck, lumbar pains, sleep disruptions, tingling in the arms and even decreased libido. It is hard to treat whiplash syndrome and it can persist for months or perhaps even years.

Diagnosing Whiplash Injuries

It is very difficult to accurately diagnose whiplash injuries and it is worth noting that there are no tests for most serious whiplash symptoms. However, doctors will try to understand the possible physical strains by paying very close attention to the precise circumstances of the accident. He or she will examine for external signs of trauma, like cuts, bruises or abrasions. They will then press the skin in certain areas to establish where the pain or tenderness is exactly. The patient be asked to move their neck in all directions and the doctor may examine the reflexes of the legs and arms. Although whiplash cannot be detected on an MRI scan, CT scan or x-ray, an x-ray may be taken if a fracture or dislocation of the cervical spine is detected.

The doctor will also depend on the patient to assist in the diagnosis of the exact degree of whiplash to determine what medical care is required. There is no single treatment for whiplash, however, and only your doctor can establish what remedy best suits your particular case. In the short term, your doctor will likely advise you to take painkillers and then perhaps to avail of the services of a physiotherapist.

False Whiplash Claims

Because whiplash injuries are so hard to accurately diagnose, the risk of an accident victim faking their serious whiplash symptoms in order to receive more compensation is quite high. This is why insurance companies representing the alleged negligent party named in a personal injury compensation claim after a car accident, for example, are reluctant to immediately accept their client’s liability.

There is no guidebook on “how to fake whiplash symptoms”, nor should there be. Whiplash symptoms that manifest very quickly occasionally indicate possible severe injuries and long-term complications. People who try to fake whiplash to make a whiplash injury compensation claim can easily be identified by doctors by claiming too many symptoms too soon after an accident.

Symptoms of Serious Whiplash: Conclusion

If one wishes to make a genuine claim for whiplash compensation because they have experienced serious whiplash symptoms as a result of an accident for which they were not to blame, they should consult an experienced solicitor at the first possible opportunity, after being treated by a medical professional.

The amount of compensation one may receive will be influenced on the medical history and prognosis. For example, a victim of whiplash who requires minimal pain relief or treatment will receive a lower compensation settlement than a victim who needs repeated visits to their doctor and multiple pain medication refills.

Whiplash is a strain injury which will generally last for a few weeks or months. If you cannot work during this period you may be eligible to compensation for your loss of income. Your solicitor will ask you questions regarding the circumstances of the accident and will need medical records, in order to adequately evaluate your claim to determine whether or not it is viable.

By seeking the assistance of a personal injury claims solicitor you have the best chance of achieving a successful claim. An experienced solicitor who is used to handling honest whiplash compensation claims will be in a good position to gather all of the necessary documents and prepare a concise and accurate case.

Special Disclaimer:

This article is not a substitute for seeing a medical professional and should not be taken as medical advice. If you experience symptoms of severe whiplash you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Because of the swift changing nature of medical research relating to whiplash symptoms and treatment, cannot be held responsible for the timeliness, accuracy, usefulness, reliability and completeness of the content. You should never self-manage any health problem. You should always heed the advice of a doctor. You should always consult with a doctor as soon as possible if you have experienced any symptoms of whiplash.