What Injuries Can Whiplash Cause in a Car Accident?

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The term “whiplash” is used to describe the medical condition of Cervical Acceleration-Deceleration. Whiplash is a common consequence of car accidents, especially rear-end collisions. Usually, whiplash affects the soft tissues in the neck, but it can also damage the specialized vertebrae of the cervical spine: the first seven bones in the neck. A whiplash injury may leave you with unanswered questions that our Morgantown car accident lawyers can help you answer.

If you have been in a car accident in the Morgantown area and are suffering the effects of a whiplash injury, please call 1-877-526-5461 for a free consultation.

Types of Injuries from Whiplash

Most whiplash injuries damage the soft tissues of the neck – including the ligaments, muscles, and nerves – but more serious injuries can damage the bones of the cervical spine and even the skull. While most whiplash injuries will heal with time, you may be forced to suffer through serious pain and be unable to work while your body heals.

Testing and treatment for whiplash injuries can take several months, and medical bills may be expensive. Whiplash can cause:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Pain and stiffness in the shoulders and upper back
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • TMJ problems
  • Visual impairment
  • Tinnitus

These injuries can make it hard for you to get around, and work may be impossible. Some people with whiplash injuries can experience depression or post-traumatic stress as a result of their accident. Drug dependency is a risk due to treating the pain of a whiplash injury.

If you have suffered a whiplash injury in a Morgantown car accident because of another driver’s negligence, please contact Jim Leach, L.C., today or call 304-865-8530 to schedule a free case evaluation.