Is Neck Pain Normal After a Car Accident?
A serious car accident can cause any number of catastrophic injuries, or, if you are lucky, no serious injuries at all. Many people assume that there will be some soreness after any accident, regardless of the severity of the collision, especially in the neck. This is not true.
If you are feeling neck soreness after a car accident, please see your medical provider or primary care physician as soon as possible. Strong neck soreness or pain after a car accident is a likely indicator of whiplash, a serious neck injury most commonly associated with car accidents. Whiplash can occur when your neck is violently rocked back and forth in rapid succession, such as in a crash that suddenly stops your vehicle but causes your head to jut forward – and then back again. The symptoms of whiplash may fade naturally in time, require physical therapy to alleviate, or be lifelong, in which case painkiller medication will probably be prescribed to the injured.
Whiplash is not caused by a bone break, but rather extreme stress applied to muscles and nerves running through the neck. As such, it can be difficult to recognize the signs of whiplash, other than soreness or stiffness. Once again, it is crucial that you accept that neck pain is not “normal” after a crash and that it could be something worse.
Help for a Whiplash Injury Claim
The first thing to do after being in a car accident is visiting your doctor as soon as possible for a checkup. Even if you do not have any soreness, there could be an underlying problem that is not causing pain just yet. Seeing your medical provider sooner than later can address an injury before it gets worse, and it will also reduce your own liability when you decide to file a claim against the negligent motorist that hit you.
Come to Williams DeClark Tuschman Co., L.P.A. to discover how to pursue fair and maximized compensation if you suffer whiplash or another serious injury after a crash that was not your fault. Our Toledo car accident lawyers are ready to stand by you with 100+ years of collective legal experience under our belts. Schedule your free initial consultation with our team to get started.