Whiplash is a relatively common car accident injury, especially in rear-end collisions. Also known as “neck strain,” whiplash is considered by many to be a minor injury—but in severe cases, it can lead to permanent complications.

Up to 42 percent of people who sustain whiplash develop chronic pain syndrome, which can affect just about every aspect of life including your ability to earn an income. Fortunately, seeking prompt medical care may improve the prognosis and speed up recovery time.

If you were diagnosed with whiplash after a motor-vehicle collision and you want to file a personal injury claim, contact Charnas Law Firm. Attorney Scott Charnas has recovered millions of dollars for his clients and will do everything in his power to protect your physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing. Call 212-980-6800 to schedule a free case evaluation with a car accident lawyer in Massachusetts.

Read on to learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for whiplash:

  1. Causes

Whiplash is a soft-tissue injury that affects the muscles and tendons in the neck. These tissues can stretch or tear when the head is jerked forward or backward abruptly. Some of the most common causes of whiplash include motor-vehicle collisions, physical altercations, and contact sports like football.

  1. Symptoms

The symptoms of whiplash vary depending on the precise location and severity of the injury. They typically include some combination of the following:


  • Neck pain and stiffness;
  • Limited range of motion in the neck;
  • Fatigue;
  • Dizziness;
  • Headaches that start at the base of the skull;
  • Pain in the shoulders and upper back;
  • Tinnitus;
  • Blurred vision;
  • Irritability;
  • Trouble sleeping; and
  • Difficulty concentrating.

Since whiplash may not manifest any symptoms right away—they usually develop within 24 hours but can take several days to appear—it is wise to visit a doctor immediately regardless of how you feel in the aftermath of a wreck. This will ensure you receive prompt treatment, which may reduce the risk of long-term complications.

  1. Treatments

 Because whiplash is a soft-tissue injury, it cannot be “cured,” but there are ways to facilitate the body’s natural healing process. To relieve the worst of your symptoms and restore your neck’s range of motion, your doctor may recommend:

  • Icing your neck and shoulders;
  • Applying heat to the neck and shoulders;
  • Taking over-the-counter or prescription painkillers;
  • Taking muscle relaxants;
  • Getting numbing injections;
  • Stretching daily; and
  • Attending physical therapy.

Some patients also find that alternative approaches like acupuncture, spinal adjustments, and massage therapy can relieve their symptoms. A personal injury attorney can help you track all the costs associated with these treatments, including travel expenses and missed work, so you can pursue every dollar you deserve.

Call 212-980-6800 to Speak with a Car Accident Attorney in Massachusetts

If you sustained whiplash in a car accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. To determine the most strategic way to proceed, turn to Charnas Law Firm

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