There are lots of results when a person is involved in a motor-vehicle accident. One of these results is whiplash injury. Though, the symptoms may seem so vague that may include simple headache and dizziness, the effect to the person's life is quite long term and devastating.
Whiplash is a term used to describe a wide variety of neck injuries, like the soft tissue damage to the neck. This is common to many rear-end collisions. When the car is hit to the rear, the impact of the collision propels the passengers and drivers forward while their neck and head stay in place. The situation puts the neck and the head to sudden and extreme flexion and extension that a whip-like motion. Thus, the injury to the neck that resulted from this sudden jerking or snapping is called whiplash.
However, personal injury attorneys avoid using the term “whiplash” because this is associated to exaggerated or fake personal injury claims. This scarred up images of many lawyers who handed neck braces to their clients before they appear to court. It is a good idea to avoid using the term in your personal injury claim or action. Whiplash injuries are now referred to as hyperflexion injury, hyperextension injury, neck sprain or strain, myofascial injury, sprain and cervical strain.
Neck injuries or whiplash is commonly associated to rear-end collisions where the driver and passengers of the vehicle are unprepared for impact. Although, whiplash can also result to different types of incidents as well, such as:
contact sports like hockey, soccer and football
truck and car accidents that do not involve rear-end impact
intentional assaults that result to head trauma, like the hard shove from behind
repetitive stress injuries
snowboarding and skiing accidents
slip and fall accidents, and
Because whiplash injury is relatively minor complaint that will only last for few days and disappears by itself, a lot of victims choose to sit and wait, maybe using painkillers to ease the pain. However, for some, immediate treatment is necessary and others are using oriental medicines as alternative. Acupuncture is one of these, which has origins in China. This is used by many Westerners many years now as a treatment for several ailments and a pain relief. It is used by many whiplash injury victims and many have returned to full fitness through ear or body acupuncture.
Most importantly, if you think you are suffering such pain because of the sudden impact from a collision, it is vital to seek medical attention immediately. Forget about taking painkillers or acupuncture all by yourself. You need to see a physician for the record. The, you must prepare a personal injury claim or insurance claim for your hyperflexion injury or hyperextension injury.
If you are considering to file a personal injury claim for your hyperflexion injury, you must be prepared. Keep a detailed record about the accident, the symptoms, medical treatment or records, and your expenses. These information are very crucial and will certainly help your lawyer identify your case. This way, you will have a big chance to win in the trial.