Florida Car Accidents: Neck and Whiplash Injuries
Whiplash and other types of neck pain are some of the most common complaints after a motor vehicle accident. Whiplash happens when the neck is made to jerk back and forth rapidly. Whiplash is most common in rear-end collisions.
The most common signs of whiplash include:
- Headaches (often located at the base of the skull)
- Stiffness and pain in the neck
- Pain in the upper back, arms, or shoulders
- Arm numbness or tingling
- Pain that increases with movement
These symptoms usually develop within 24 hours of the accident, but in some cases, they may take longer to manifest.
For those who are older, who have suffered whiplash before, or have preexisting pain in the neck or back, it may be more difficult to recover from whiplash injuries.
Other types of neck injuries
Aside from whiplash, there are several other types of neck injuries that may occur during a motor vehicle accident. These include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve damage
- Muscle, ligament, or tendon damage
These conditions may present a variety of symptoms after an accident. It is best to seek medical attention as soon as possible after an accident to ensure any injuries are caught and treated early.
Medical bills after a Florida car accident
If you were seriously hurt through no fault of your own in a Florida car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. In a personal injury claim, it is possible to recover the costs of your healthcare bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and similar damages. Even the estimated cost of future medical care may be accounted for in a personal injury case.
To maximize the sum of damages you may be entitled to by law, you should meet with a Florida personal injury attorney.