Why do auto accident victims need to worry about whiplash? Most people who have been in an auto accident are familiar with the soreness, aches, and minor pains felt after a crash. Most of the time drivers and passengers are relieved when they find little to no damage to the cars involved, and everyone just goes on about their business. But did you know that the physical effects of any collision, big or small, can often be felt days or even weeks later? This is called Late Whiplash Syndrome, and it can lead to serious health problems.
Minor Damage, Major Pain?
Recent scientific studies show that most whiplash or whiplash-related injuries happen in crashes that leave little to no damage to the vehicles involved. This means that the force of the impact is shifted from the exterior of the car to the interior–and whoever is in the car absorbs most of the force from the crash.
Many times drivers and passengers decline medical treatment at the scene of an accident because they are just shaken up and think they will feel better soon. Unfortunately, these minor aches and pains can turn out to be serious injuries leading to long-term health problems.
What to Watch For
There is a wide range of symptoms and issues related to whiplash injury, and they can happen long after an accident. Look out for one or more of the following:
- Neck pain and/or stiffness
- Ringing in the ears or change in hearing
- Vision problems or changes to your vision
- Difficulty sleeping
- Changes in your sense of smell
- Numbness and/or tingling (even in your hands and feet)
- Emotional disturbances
- Lower back pain
South Texas Whiplash Injury Attorneys
If you believe you are experiencing the effects of Late Whiplash Syndrome related to an auto accident, contact attorney Ana Laura Gutierrez at the Gutierrez Law Firm. She is experienced in whiplash injury cases, and vehicular safety and liability. Contact her to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION to help you find relief and compensation for your injuries. Call her today at (361) 851-0730.