Whiplash Caused by an Auto Accident

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September 30, 2014
Edward Smith

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 head motion. This sudden, violent snapping motion greatly strains the neck and upper back muscles and ligaments. This type of injury is called 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 nerves 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, you must seek medical attention right away so that the healing process can begin.

If you have questions about whether a 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.