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Whiplash: More than a sore neck

If you've been in a car accident, you may have suffered from an injury called whiplash. Whiplash can be hard to deal with, and you may not have recognized that you had it right away. That's why those involved in accidents should go to the hospital for a medical check-up and have a doctor review their health. Once you know you have whiplash, it's possible for your attorney to use this information to help you get more compensation for the duration of the condition.

Many times, whiplash isn't recognized or treated correctly. When that happens, you can go without treatment for several months or even years before you discover the reason for your neck or head pain. Why does it go misdiagnosed? Perhaps you have a headache, for instance, and think it's just from stress and fail to go to the doctor, or the pain seems to come and go. That can be caused by many things, but if you were just in a crash, then it's possible you're actually suffering from whiplash and an injury to your neck and head.

A whiplash injury results in bone and tissue damage, but it isn't normally a life-threatening condition. Instead, it can lead to a time of partial disability where you need rehabilitation and time to heal.

Whiplash can become a chronic injury over time, causing you pain and suffering for years to come. While it's generally a short-lived condition, it could result in continued pain, dizziness, fatigue, arm and jaw pain, weakness in the arms, and other unfortunate symptoms, which is why it's vital to get the treatment you need once it's diagnosed.

Source: MedicineNet.com, "Whiplash," accessed Sep. 23, 2015

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