The term, whiplash, is not a real medical term; however, it is a colloquial reference to the common injuries incurred after an accident that causes abrupt jolting of the head or neck. Motor vehicle accidents are among the most common that result in this type of injury. Although the cause for whiplash is unknown, the implications are evident. Victims generally complain of a series of varying symptoms, including extreme soreness or stiffness in the neck, headaches, shoulder pain, back pain, and burning sensations in the arm and leg described as pins and needles. In many cases, the signs of whiplash are not apparent right away, and instead, show up days or even weeks later. This, coupled with the fact that this area of the body is highly complex and delicate, makes it difficult to treat whiplash injuries.
The most important part of a whiplash injury claim is to seek medical attention immediately after an accident, as well as, immediately after you begin to notice signs of injury. Head and neck injuries are very serious, regardless of how little pain you feel at first. So getting proper medical treatment should be your first priority. But also, these medical documents will act as a record to prove the validity of your injuries and subsequent damages and losses. You should also keep all of your related medical records, bills, invoices, and receipts for medical materials, to prove your financial losses. Your personal injury lawyer will assist you in collecting and organizing all of the evidence needed to represent your claim. This includes police reports, witness statements, expert testimonies, and more.