As an injury attorney, I have handled many whiplash cases. Reading through the doctor notes, I know that whiplash injury can be severe, depending on the severity of the damage. There are many symptoms of a whiplash injury that are widely known. Still, according to some medical experts, several symptoms are not as common and are often overlooked.
The uncommon symptoms of whiplash are cognitive issues regarding concentration, changes in emotion, and difficulty sleeping, can be indications of a more serious underlying condition. Attention and concentration deficits, emotional changes, and sleep disturbances are findings that could be explained by possible damage to the basal frontal brain stem structures. A victim may want to schedule an MRI or PET scan to ensure a traumatic brain injury will not be overlooked.
Victims who have suffered these types of whiplash injuries are often seen in minimal damage accidents. It is most frequently associated with rear-end collisions and can happen at speeds as low as 14 miles per hour. Many do not feel the symptoms of whiplash right away. On the contrary, symptoms of whiplash may not develop until 6-12 hours after the accident, or even after a few days. Some patients complain of neck pain and stiffness, ongoing headache, back pain, upper-limb pain, and several other symptoms.
Symptoms of a whiplash injury may include:
Lower Back Pain
Can Whiplash Cause Chronic Post-Traumatic Headache?
In a recent study published in Neurology, the authors stated, “Over 50% of patients develop mild to moderate headache after the accident, with 8-15% still complaining about frequent headache after three months.” The authors of this study sought to provide objective evidence that whiplash can cause headaches. The studies did show increases in brain tissue in patients with chronic post-traumatic headache.
Finally, the authors state, “These results suggest that patients’ concerns [about their symptoms] are real and should be managed accordingly.” This shows why ALL victims involved in an accident must seek medical attention immediately. Even if you don’t feel any pain or symptoms shortly after the accident, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t injured. The symptoms of whiplash may not even develop until a few days after the accident. An injury such as whiplash that goes untreated could lead to much more severe issues.
If you have suffered a whiplash injury in a Georgia car accident, you will need to contact an experienced attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. Contact Murphy Law Firm today for your FREE consultation. We are committed to helping injured victims get the maximum amount of compensation that they may be entitled to. 770-577-3020
*Source: Research conducted at Department of Neurology 2009, University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany*
DISCLAIMER: It is important to note that this is general information, and should not be considered “legal advice.” I have been handling personal injury cases for many years, and can offer general answers to common questions, but please do not construe anything on this website to be legal advice about your case. Each case is different. An attorney can only give legal advice when he or she understands the facts involved in your case. There are also strict time limitations on filing a personal injury claim. You should contact a personal injury attorney immediately if you have questions about your case.