Whiplash and Spinal Cord Injuries After Crashes
Car accidents in Nevada are unpredictable and extremely dangerous, inflicting a wide array of injuries on surviving victims from case to case. Among these wounds, whiplash injuries and other spinal cord injuries are especially common and are both usually caused by rapid deceleration, yet many people confuse the two for one another despite them being medically and functionally distinct.
Whiplash is one of the most common delayed onset auto accident injuries that motorists suffer from, and can range from being a temporary, mild annoyance to a severely impairing soft-tissue injury. Whiplash occurs when a motorist’s neck suddenly whips forwards, then back, hence the name, but whiplash injuries aren’t exclusive to the neck. The symptoms of whiplash vary from case to case, but these are some of the more common signs of whiplash, in order of increasing severity:
- Pain, stiffness, and loss of motion in the neck
- Headaches, fatigue, and dizziness
- Pain throughout the shoulders and upper back
- Blurred vision and ringing ears
- Memory impairment, mood swings, and other cognitive issues
Whiplash is difficult to detect until symptoms set in, but an MRI scan or x-ray may be able to catch it before that point. Never overlook possible signs of whiplash, and always be sure to seek appropriate medical attention after an accident of any magnitude.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are as varied as they are severe, but unlike whiplash, involve direct damage to the joints, vertebrae, and nerves of the spinal cord, rather than the soft tissue surrounding it. Spinal cord injuries are far more severe than whiplash, and if left untreated, might degenerate into life-altering conditions. Herniated discs, pinched nerves, spinal fractures, and other spinal cord injuries can often be distinguished from whiplash based on how widespread their symptoms are, especially if they cause numbness and pain throughout extremities and your limbs overall.
Similar to whiplash, relatively mild spinal cord injuries may be difficult to detect before symptoms set in, yet early recognition and treatment are vital to ensuring that you don’t suffer avoidable paralysis, chronic pain, and other permanent conditions. Any unusual symptom, no matter how small, should always be brought up with a doctor if you’ve recently been in an accident.
Compensation for Nevada Car Accident Injuries
Whiplash and spinal cord injuries can both cause extreme suffering after a car accident and no end of costs from chiropractors, physicians, and other medical expenses. Fortunately, you can receive compensation for all of your losses, both physical and emotional, by talking to a car accident attorney in Nevada. A good lawyer can conduct a thorough investigation into your crash, gathering all the evidence necessary to prove that the other party was liable for your damages, including auto repair costs and other fees.
Aaron Law Group’s specialized professionals can help you file a successful claim for compensation, so be sure to give us a call at (702) 550-1111 to schedule a free consultation today. We can answer any questions you may have, and we’ll overcome all of the legal hurdles of the claims process on your behalf to give you the time and energy necessary to focus on your rest and recovery.