Whiplash Caused by an Auto Accident

Personal injury victims, especially those who have been injured as a result of a rear-end collision, often suffer from painful injuries as a result of a whiplash type injury.  Whiplash is a common injury to the neck and upper back caused by a sudden back and forth motion of the head. This sudden violent snapping motion puts enormous strain on the neck and upper back muscles and ligaments. This type of injury is commonly referred to as hyperextension/hyperflexion injury neck sprain or strain, myofascial injury  or cervical strain or sprain.


Symptoms related to a whiplash type injury caused by an auto accident may include the following:

• Neck pain and stiffness
• Decreased range of motion
• Tenderness
• Headaches
• Shoulder pain
• Weakness to upper extremities
• Burning, tingling sensation in the arms
• Blurred vision
• Irritability
• Fatigue
• Dizziness

In severe cases of whiplash, the jerking motion is so violent it can cause injury to the joints, discs and nerve of the neck or upper back. Here is more information on neck and back injuries.

Some people recover relatively quickly from a whiplash injury while others have chronic symptoms that can last several years. If you think you suffer from a whiplash injury, it is important that you seek medical attention right away so that the healing process can begin.

If you have questions about whether an Sacramento personal injury lawyer can help you, please contact our office. Our attorneys are ready to answer your questions and will provide you with a free case evaluation. Call the Edward A Smith Law Offices at (916) 921-6400.

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