If you were recently in a motor vehicle accident—as a driver or passenger- and now suffer from persistent and excruciating neck and / or back pain, then you may have suffered whiplash in the collision.

Whiplash is a commonly used term for neck sprains and strains that occur when your neck is suddenly and violently moved around. It typically occurs when the car you are driving or riding in is rear-ended by another vehicle, but can just as easily occur in head-on and side collisions. The impact causes your neck to move rapidly back and forth past its normal range of motion, straining the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Even if the oncoming vehicle was being driven at a low-speed, the force may be enough to cause whiplash.

Whiplash symptoms

Whiplash has several painful symptoms, some of which appear immediately while others develop as the swelling gets worse. After the accident you may feel pain and stiffness in your neck or back, followed by blurred vision, headaches, and dizziness. You may even develop what is known as a Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD), which can create chronic pain and discomfort and even prevent you from working and enjoying life.

Common types of WADS include but are not limited to:

  • Severe pain in the neck and back joints
  • Torn discs that create intense neck and arm pain
  • Muscle strain

For some whiplash patients, the pain continues even when prescription muscle relaxers and/or pain relievers are applied, and there are even cases where physical therapy, cervical collars, and even lidocaine injections barely make a dent in the pain. Whiplash-related injuries are actually reported more frequently than any other type in insurance claims and account for a large percentage of the people who file a claim under personal injury protection coverage.

Although the symptoms can be excruciating, it is important to remember that there may be a delay in experiencing pain. As soon as you are able, see your primary care physician for a thorough series of tests that could highlight a serious injury. You can still make a claim against the party who caused the accident even if you did not realize the extent of your injuries until days afterward.

If another driver’s negligence caused you to suffer from whiplash, then you can demand compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of income, and other costs and damages you are now coping with because of your injuries. A New York personal injury attorney can help you prove that the other party’s actions resulted in your injuries, earning you the settlement or award you need to cover your current expenses, obtain high-quality medical care, and leave you financially stable until you are able to resume your life. Contact the law offices of Jayson Lutzky, P.C. if you were injured in a motor vehicle crash for a free in-person initial consultation. Over the past 34+ years, Mr. Lutzky has helped obtain millions of dollars for his past clients. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com/accidents to learn more or call 718-514-6619.