July 17, 2019

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Is Whiplash a Legitimate Injury?


Not only is whiplash a legitimate injury, it can cause long-lasting pain and disability and people who experience whiplash often suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI) as well. Whiplash is generally thought of as injury to the soft tissues in the neck, caused by the head and neck being suddenly forced to jerk backward and forward. Car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash. Symptoms may not be noticeable immediately after injury, and doctors do not always look for whiplash or accompanying TBI in accident victims.

Whiplash Neck Injuries

The medical term for whiplash is cervical acceleration-deceleration (CAD) syndrome. Whiplash can affect the ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, intervertebral joints and discs in the neck. Causing symptoms such as:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Back and shoulder pain
  • Tingling or burning pain in the neck, shoulders, and arms
  • Numbness in the arm or hand
  • Heaviness in the arms
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Fatigue
  • Ringing ears
  • Visual disturbances

Whiplash and TBI

The same acceleration-deceleration forces that cause whiplash neck injuries can cause brain injuries. People suffering from whiplash my not suspect that they are also suffering from TBI, especially if there was not blow to the head. The acceleration-deceleration forces can cause your brain to slam into the inside of your skull, causing concussion and they can cause twisting and stretching which causes widespread injury throughout the brain.

Whiplash can have very serious consequences. To learn more about compensation for whiplash injuries that were caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, please, contact an experienced injury attorney right away.

About Sandra Dalton

With a background as a paralegal, focusing on criminal defense and civil rights, Sandra Dalton launched her freelance writing career in 2000 with a weekly column on Freedom for Suite 101 and pro bono projects for individuals and organizations supporting causes close to her heart. One of her first projects was for the Police Compliant Center writing about police misconduct. Sandra’s legal writing quickly expanded to include personal injury, animal welfare, criminal defense, disability discrimination, family law and much more.

Sandra’s other writing around the web includes a broad range of topics such as food, pet health, feral cats, music and film. Sandra is also a fine art photographer, helps with animal rescue and TNR in her community, and volunteers as a DJ at her local radio station.