A common neck injury that can occur after a South Carolina accident is whiplash. Whiplash, which occurs when there is a sudden, violent jerking of the neck, is an especially common neck injury in a rear-end collision. The sudden jerking pushes neck ligaments and muscles beyond their range of motion.
While most whiplash injuries are minor, some can be severe and may require surgery. A Summerville car accident lawyer can evaluate your case to determine whether your neck injury was the result of someone else's carelessness. An attorney can also help you file a personal injury claim to recover damages for your medical expenses and any lost wages.
Additionally, a Summerville car accident lawyer can collect the evidence that will help to prove your claim. While you focus on recovery, your attorney will gather any photographs taken from the South Carolina accident scene and contact witnesses to prove negligence was involved.
Symptoms of Whiplash as a Result of a South Carolina Accident
In most cases, the injured person will experience neck pain immediately after a South Carolina accident. In some circumstances, the neck pain will not manifest until a few days later.
Other signs and symptoms of whiplash may include:
- muscle pain;
- neck stiffness;
- numbness/pain (in the arm and/or hand);
- blurred vision;
- ringing in the ears;
- concentration problems;
- memory problems;
- sleep problems;
- swallowing or chewing difficulties;
- burning or prickling sensations;
- back pain; and
- shoulder pain.
It is very important that immediate medical attention is sought for any type of neck injury, as damage to other areas of the body can result. When left untreated, a neck injury could worsen into severe complications.
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