Whiplash is a type of neck injury often caused by rear-impact car accidents. A rear-impact car accident causes the head and neck of the person hit to be forced into a hyperextended (backward) position as the seat pushes the person’s torso forward and the unrestrained head and neck fall backwards. After a short delay, the head and neck then recover and are thrown into a hyperflexed (forward) position.
While many people, particularly insurance adjusters, believe whiplash is a relatively minor injury, the reality is that whiplash from car accidents can often have serious consequences. Failure to properly educate and treat patients with whiplash can lead to chronic psychological symptoms, including depression and anxiety. Whiplash can lead to a prolonged period of partial disability and often results in significant economic consequences, including medical care, disability, and sick leave. The Spine Institute of San Diego is a wonderful resource for understanding whiplash, its causes, and its consequences.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision, you should contact a personal injury lawyer before speaking with an insurance adjuster. Contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden for a free consultation. You can also visit our personal injury page for more information.