Whiplash Is Very Real, And Very Painful
The insurance industry — especially the car insurance industry — is extremely fond of mockingly referring to a neck injury or a cervical strain or sprain as “whiplash.” A lot of you have heard the stories and seen the cartoonish images of a person wearing a soft collar around the neck, usually accompanied by a lawyer who has his hand out.
Usually good for a chuckle — unless you are the one who is suffering from whiplash. Unless you are the one experiencing a charlie horse in your neck 24/7. Unless you are the one who must rotate your entire upper body to look left or right. Unless you are the one suffering from the blinding headache that starts at the base of your neck. Unless you are the one who is wearing the collar to both limit the motion of your head and the jolts of pain in your neck and to support your head because your damaged muscles and tendons in your neck need that kind of help after an injury like this.
What Are Cervical Sprains And Strains?
Whiplash injuries are also known as cervical strains or sprains. Strains and sprains are technically different, with a strain being damage to the muscles or tendons, which connect muscles to bones. Sprains are caused by the tearing and microscopic bleeding of the ligaments, which connect the bones to each other.
Rear-End Collisions Cause Most Whiplash Injuries
By far, the largest majority of cervical strains and sprains are the direct result of the client being rear-ended while driving a car. Think about somebody coming up from behind you while you are standing, and shoving you in the middle of your back. What happens? Your body, from the neck down, is propelled forward, and your head snaps backward and then forward. The same thing happens when you are rear-ended while sitting in your car — you basically become a bobblehead doll. Your head is propelled violently backward and then snapped forward. The result is the stretching, tearing and bleeding of these connective tissues.
These rear-end collisions can also cause a concussion and other forms of brain injury, because as your head is whipped around, your brain is moving around inside your skull, and if it collides with the inside of the skull hard enough, significant injury can result.
Get A Free Consultation About Whiplash
Call Worth, Magee & Fisher if you have been the victim of a car crash and now experience a whiplash injury. We can fight for you to recover compensation for your damages. To schedule a FREE consultation, call our Allentown office at 610-674-0505 or toll-free at 866-490-5954. You can reach us online by sending an email.