A car accident can throw your whole life out of joint and can cause some serious physical injuries. Even if you don’t think you are seriously injured right away, it’s essential to go see a doctor. Some of the most serious car accident injuries – like spine and brain damage – are not obvious right away. And even less serious injuries can wreak havoc in your life! One of the most common car accident injuries is whiplash. And while whiplash victims usually heal relatively quickly, the symptoms experienced during recovery time can make daily tasks and work almost impossible. And occasionally, whiplash can result in long-term complications. If you’ve been in a car accident in Boise, you need to know the following important information about dealing with whiplash and getting justice for your injuries.

How to Recognize Symptoms of Whiplash

According to Healthline, “whiplash results when the soft tissues (the muscles and ligaments) of your neck extend beyond their typical range of motion.”

Symptoms of whiplash can become noticeable right away or they can sometimes take several days to show up. After a car accident, you should never rule out the possibility of injury, even if you don’t notice immediate symptoms.

MayoClinic explains the most common symptoms of whiplash:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Worsening of pain with neck movement
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck
  • Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull
  • Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back or arms
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory problems
  • Depression

How to Effectively Treat Whiplash

You should always get a doctor’s diagnosis as soon as you can, but there are a few things you can do at home to treat whiplash, says WebMD, such as:

  • Icing your neck
  • Taking painkillers, although it’s normally recommended to get a doctor’s green light first
  • Applying moist heat to your neck after 2-3 days of icing your neck. You don’t want to apply heat until the swelling has gone down.
  • Using a neck brace or collar. Get a doctor’s recommendation on this and do not use it for longer than the recommended time, as it can weaken your neck muscles.

Possible Complications

While most whiplash victims heal within a few weeks, MayoClinic warns that there can be more long-term and serious complications, such as:

  • Severe neck pain
  • More limited range of motion
  • Pain that spreads to the arms

You Deserve Compensation For Your Injuries!

Whiplash can affect your whole life! Even if you don’t have lasting injuries, your whiplash can impact your ability to work, do daily tasks, drive, and enjoy life. And if you do have further complications, the damages can be overwhelmingly significant. Not only is your physical and emotional wellbeing affected, but your financial security can be impacted by whiplash as well. Sometimes whiplash injuries require prescription medications such as painkillers and muscle relaxants. You might also need to go to physical therapy – which can be expensive. A doctor might also recommend treatments like chiropractic care, massage therapy, electronic nerve stimulation, or acupuncture, all of which can make a serious dent in your wallet. And if you have to miss work because of your injuries, you might also be suffering from lost income. A personal injury attorney can help you claim the compensation you need and deserve to cover the damages caused by whiplash. When someone else causes you injury, you’re protected by Idaho personal injury law. Don’t miss out on the compensation you’re entitled to. Get legal help fighting for your rights!

Being injured because of someone else’s negligence can feel like the most unfair and frustrating thing to have ever happened to you! Car accidents can be stressful and inconvenient at least and tragic and traumatizing at worst. One thing’s for sure, car accidents are usually very expensive. At the Law Office of Johnson & Lundgreen we are dedicated to fighting for your rights so that you can have the best possible outcome after a car accident. We know your life is hectic, so that’s why we focus on handling every aspect of your legal case so that you can focus on recovering. We are committed to helping you win your case so that you can have the money you need to pay for your accident damages and also the peace of mind that justice was done. Our experience in car accidents and other kinds of personal injury cases gives us the knowledge needed to successfully navigate the nuances and complexities of Idaho law. If you’re suffering from whiplash or other injuries, you know where to turn for help! Call (208) 376-5256 or message us!

Law Firm of Johnson and Lundgreen

2541 E. Gala St., Ste. 210

Meridian, ID 83642

(208) 376-5256

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