Rear-end collisions are common in the state of Maryland and the seemingly minor injuries that result can become serious over time.
Many victims experience whiplash even if a rear-end crash happens at low speed, and in some cases, this kind of injury comes with long-term consequences.
Whiplash is an injury to the cervical portion of the neck. It can occur when the violent impact from even a minor collision causes the head to snap backward. As a result of the crash, the human body releases adrenalin and other chemicals capable of masking pain. Consequently, symptoms of a whiplash injury including dizziness, headaches, soreness or vision problems might not appear for hours or even days after the collision.
Importance of medical attention
It is important to seek prompt medical attention after a rear-end collision, even if you feel OK since you may have underlying injuries. Rest and physical therapy often resolve whiplash injuries, but without timely medical treatment, you could experience long-term effects, including:
– chronic neck and shoulder pain
– back pain
– chronic headaches
– vision problems
– memory problems
– ongoing bouts of dizziness
– difficulty sleeping
– personality changes
If you suffer whiplash as the victim of a rear-end collision, you may find that certain symptoms associated with the injury linger and adversely impact your quality of life. Remember that you have the right to expect full and fair compensation to cover not only your current medical expenses as a result of the crash but your future medical needs as well.