A stiff neck after a car crash could be whiplash

| Dec 29, 2018 | Car Accidents

It might happen something like this: You’re minding your own business while patiently stopped at a red light. Out of nowhere, a distracted motorist slams into the back of you. You don’t seem to be injured, so you immediately step out of your vehicle to discover that the entire rear end is destroyed. Other than that, you feel fine. When the police arrive, you don’t report any injuries.

The next day is a different story. You wake up with a splitting headache and neck pain that are both so severe that you can’t focus on anything. You go to the doctor to discover that you have a serious whiplash injury, and you learn that it will take at least several weeks to recover. You need to take some time off work and go through expensive physical therapy treatments.

Whiplash is a common car accident injury that frequently takes a day or two to present itself. You might not even realize that the ligaments and muscles in your neck were seriously strained or torn immediately after your car crash. As long as you visit your doctor immediately and take the necessary time to rest, most whiplash injuries will resolve themselves in time.

You may incur financial damages, lost wages and stiff medical bills as a result of your whiplash injuries. If your injuries and the car crash were caused by another driver’s negligence or recklessness, then you might have the ability to pursue financial compensation in court. An experienced attorney can provide more information on your legal options and help you pursue them.