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Are you familiar with the symptoms of whiplash?

If your vehicle is struck from behind, such as by a car or truck, there is a chance that you could suffer whiplash. This holds true regardless of if you are the driver of the vehicle or a passenger.

This type of serious injury occurs when your neck suddenly snaps forward and back. Not only can this cause pain and discomfort immediately following the accident, but left untreated it can remain a problem for many months and years into the future.

Here are the symptoms of whiplash that typically develop within 12 to 24 hours of the injury:

-- Headaches

-- Neck stiffness and pain

-- Dizziness

-- Fatigue

-- Loss of range of motion

-- Pain in the shoulders, back, or arms

In addition to these common symptoms, some of the more serious signs of whiplash can include:

-- Blurred vision

-- Ringing in the ears

-- Sleep disturbances

-- Memory trouble

-- Depression

-- Irritability

As you can see, whiplash can change your life forever. If you have any reason to believe that you've suffered this injury, it's imperative to receive immediate medical attention. Your medical team can run the proper tests, such as a CT scan, to determine the extent and exact location of your injury.

Since this is such a serious injury, you should also learn more about your legal rights. Generally speaking, if your vehicle is struck from behind, such as when you're at a stop sign, the other party is at fault. This may put you in position to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Symptoms," accessed April 12, 2017

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