How Long Does Whiplash Last?

Whiplash is a type of soft-tissue injury that often happens in rear-end car accidents. It occurs when the head is jolted forward (or even sideways), and the neck snaps back into place. The sudden movement in the neck can bruise and tear the delicate tendons and ligaments, which can be incredibly painful and lead to a sore neck and other symptoms.

The condition can last a few days following a slight collision. Symptoms can range from pain in the neck and upper back to headaches, fatigue, and dizziness. Some even experience sleep disturbances, tinnitus, blurred vision, irritability, memory problems, depression, and difficulty concentrating. More severe whiplash can last for months, and in rarer cases, symptoms may never disappear.

According to one study, 71% of people had some symptoms over 7 years after sustaining their injury, and that it took 2 years to stabilize fully. If whiplash lasts longer than 6 months, it’s considered chronic whiplash and is treated with prescribed painkillers and physiotherapy. Milder cases are treated with anti-inflammatory pills, such as ibuprofen.

If you were in a car accident, make sure to visit your physician as soon as possible. He or she can conduct a full physical to ensure you have no serious injuries. However, if you are experiencing severe whiplash symptoms after an accident with a negligent driver, you may be eligible for compensation. Talk to one of our skilled Walnut Creek car accident attorneys as soon as possible. Our firm takes pride in helping our clients develop the strongest cases possible by working with investigators, medical specialists, and experts to investigate the case.  Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook provides the community with trusted, reliable, and compassionate legal representation. Let us see what we can do for you.

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