One of the most common injuries caused by auto collisions is referred to as “whiplash.” Whiplash can actually refer to a variety of injuries to the soft tissue of the neck, including sprains or strains of various ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Over the past decades, many people have stopped taking whiplash seriously due to the cliched image of a car accident victim in a neck brace on the witness stand. In reality, however, whiplash can cause serious and long-lasting problems in a car accident victim’s life.
Effects of Whiplash
Like any other neck or back injury, whiplash can be debilitating and can significantly restrict movement of the head, neck, and shoulders. The following are only a few examples of the effects that whiplash
- Pain and suffering – Whiplash can cause almost constant pain in some sufferers, which can increase whenever they move their heads. This pain often requires prescription pain medication for someone to even get through the day, which can significantly alter their state of mind. Ongoing pain can also result in depression and other mood disorders.
- Inability to work – If a whiplash patient has a job that requires lifting or other physical activity, they may not be able to perform their job duties for an extended period of time. In addition, painkillers can impede a person’s ability to work. Missing work can result in lost wages and financial difficulties.
- Limitations at home – If you have small children, whiplash can often prevent you from lifting them up or caring for them. In addition, whiplash can keep you from doing regular household chores or everyday activities, and may even make personal grooming challenging and painful.
Costs of Treating Whiplash
In addition to the limitations on your life, whiplash can also be costly financially. Many whiplash victims require visits to the doctor, to orthopedic specialists, to physical therapists, and/or chiropractors. It may take months of ongoing treatment before the pain subsides and you regain your full mobility. These medical bills add up quickly and cause financial strain.
Contact an Ocala Auto Accident Lawyer for Help Today
If someone else caused the accident that gave you whiplash, you can seek compensation for your pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and more. The experienced car accident attorneys at Meldon Law in Ocala can advise you of your rights and help you through the legal process. Please call for a free consultation at 352-373-8000.