What to Know About Whiplash from Car Accidents

Atlanta’s congested highways and stop-and-go traffic cause many rear-end collisions. Many drivers and passengers involved in collisions on Atlanta’s busy roads sustain neck sprains or strains by overextending their necks as a result of the sudden impact. These soft tissue injuries are commonly known as whiplash injury. A whiplash injury can cause intense pain and discomfort and limit an accident victim’s mobility and ability to work.

If you have sustained a whiplash injury in a car accident caused by another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and other expenses. You should not have to pay those costs out of pocket if the accident was another driver’s fault. Let an experienced Atlanta car accident attorney at The Millar Law Firm review the specific facts of your accident and explain your legal options. There is no charge for our initial consultation and we do not get paid until you do.

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash most commonly refers to a soft tissue injury to muscles and nerves in the neck caused by rapid backward and forward movement of the neck. The rearward extension of the neck beyond its normal range of motion causes many injuries.

How Do Car Accidents Cause Whiplash?

The violent impact of an automobile collision can cause the head and torso of a motorist to move in opposite directions for a brief time, putting severe strain on the neck muscles. Upon impact from behind, an individual’s torso is thrust forward and the head lags behind the body for a split second, then accelerates forward. An accident victim’s head may be thrown forcefully backward and forward in a whip-like motion. The impact can stretch and tear ligaments and muscles in the neck, and injure bones in the upper spine and disks between the cervical vertebrae.

Whiplash injuries can occur in any type of collision, but are most prevalent in rear-end collisions and head-on collisions. Car headrests or head restraints are designed to limit the motion of the head after a sudden impact and prevent whiplash injuries. Head restraints should be adjusted so the restraint is even with the top of the vehicle occupant’s head, according to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Neck strains and sprain are the most commonly listed injuries in insurance claims in the United States, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Symptoms of Whiplash After a GA Car Accident

The common symptoms of a neck sprain or whiplash include:

  • Neck pain
  • Neck stiffness
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Headaches
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

If you have been in a car crash and experienced any of the symptoms, you should seek medical attention right away.

The Importance of Getting Your Whiplash Treated

It’s important to visit a doctor for an examination if you experience any neck pain, soreness or loss of mobility after a car accident. You should get an accurate diagnosis of your injury and rule out the possibility of a neck fracture or other types of injuries. Your doctor will likely order an x-ray or CT scan to try to identify the condition causing your neck pain and rule out possible fractures, bone damage and damage to disks.

Graphic of two cars, engaged in a head-on collision with each otherIf you sustain a whiplash injury in a car accident in Georgia and another motorist caused the accident, you are entitled to seek monetary compensation for the cost of your medical care to treat your injury, lost income from time missed from work and other expenses. Georgia civil law holds at-fault motorists and their insurance companies responsible for the harm other motorists suffer as a result of the at-fault driver’s careless driving or disregard for safety.

You may be eligible to receive compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Future costs of medical treatment and physical therapy
  • Lost income related to your injury

If you have developed neck stiffness or other whiplash symptoms after an accident, visit a doctor right away, then let an Atlanta whiplash injury lawyer review the facts of the accident. The attorneys at The Millar Law Firm have helped thousands of Georgians obtain the resources to recover after serious car accidents.

Why should I get my whiplash checked out?

You should get yourself checked out after an accident first and foremost to protect your health. A doctor can determine the extent of your injury and the most appropriate course of treatment. For some people with minor whiplash injuries, over-the-counter pain relief medication and rest at home may suffice. Other people may need stronger prescription medication and physical therapy. Your doctor may prescribe a foam collar to wear for limited periods of time to immobilize your neck.

A doctor’s diagnosis of a whiplash injury is crucial supporting evidence to have when presenting a claim to the at-fault driver’s insurance for reimbursement of your medical expenses and other losses related to car accident.

Is it normal not to feel the pain of a whiplash injury immediately?

Yes, a person who suffers a whiplash injury may not notice symptoms of the injury immediately after an accident. Within 24 hours after the crash, an accident victim starts to experience neck stiffness, pain and difficulty turning his or her head.

Graphic of a driver falling asleepIf you are concerned about how you are going to pay your medical bills and make up the income you lost when you were unable to work due to your neck injury, our neck injury attorneys may be able to help you obtain compensation.

At The Millar Law Firm, we focus on car accident cases involving serious injury and helping victims of accidents caused by other motorists’ negligence. Our car accident whiplash attorneys are available to provide immediate advice and assistance.

Call the Atlanta whiplash injury attorney of The Millar Law Firm at 404-620-4378 or contact an attorney online using our free case evaluation contact form.