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Know the signs of whiplash and get medical care

When you're involved in a car accident, one of the injuries you may suffer from is whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the shoulders, neck and head are torn or strained during a collision. This often happens because of the head whipping forward or backward quickly, which is how whiplash got its name.

Whiplash is an interesting type of injury, because it doesn't always appear right away. Sometimes, those who suffer from whiplash feel fine for the first day or two after an accident. However, as the adrenaline from the accident fades, it's common for injuries to emerge and symptoms to become prominent.

What are some common symptoms of whiplash?

Whiplash has many symptoms that could be confused for other issues. Some symptoms that you should take note of include:

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Tenderness
  • Difficulty turning the head and moving the neck
  • Pain
  • Bruising

If any of these symptoms emerge within 24 to 48 hours or longer after a car crash, seek emergency care right away. The sooner you have whiplash documented, the better it is for your claim.

What should you do if you don't seek medical care right away after a crash?

Many people make the mistake of believing that they're fine, only to realize that they do have a medical problem to deal with hours or days after a crash. Not all injuries are apparent, which is why it's usually advisable to seek medical care and to go to the hospital when you get hurt. If you don't go but realize that you are hurt later on, then you should go to the doctor as soon as you can. It can be any medical provider, but make sure you get a full exam, so that you can have documentation for your claim.

Your Hyde Park attorney will help you submit the claim, specifically focusing on the delayed injuries you suffered. Most people have no trouble obtaining compensation for these delayed injuries, because insurance companies are familiar with them and how long it can take for them to emerge.

When you seek a claim for whiplash, remember not to take the first settlement offer you receive. You should always wait to accept any offer until you know how much your injury is going to cost you in time, medical care and time away from work. Everyone's case is different, but you'll only get a single chance to accept the right offer.

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