Have you recently been involved in a car accident in which you thought that you suffered no injuries, but later began to notice a deep pain in your neck, head, or shoulders? If so, you may be suffering from whiplash. Whiplash is often a frustrating injury to sustain, as the symptoms may not become apparent until several hours or a day after the accident.
Whiplash is caused by damage to the soft tissues in the neck, meaning the ligaments, tendons, and muscles. The painful symptoms of this damage can persist for weeks or even up to a year. If you or someone you love is suffering from whiplash after a car accident, contact your Iowa lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 705-0233.
What to Look Out for
It is sometimes difficult to detect whiplash. Many sufferers initially think that it is just muscle tension or a migraine. It is important to know the symptoms before an accident happens. Signs to look out for include:
- Neck swelling
- Tenderness along the back of the neck
- Muscle spasms (These spasms are typically in the side or the back of the neck.)
- Neck pain (This pain can vary in intensity according to the severity of the injury.)
- Severe headache
- Shooting pain from the neck to the shoulder or arm
If you experience one or more of these symptoms after an accident, you need to see a doctor to determine whether you are suffering from whiplash.
If you or someone you love is suffering from whiplash after a car accident, contact the Iowa personal injury lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 705-0233 today.