The first question police dispatch or emergency responders will ask when responding to a car accident is “Is anybody injured?” Unfortunately, the answer to that question isn’t always clear. It’s common to feel a bit stiff and achy immediately after the impact of a car accident and recover quickly. It’s also common for victims of whiplash to be symptom-free at the accident site and then develop symptoms later. Usually, but not always, these symptoms emerge within 24 hours.
According to Mayo Clinic, the most common whiplash symptoms include:
- Neck pain, especially neck pain that worsens with movement
- Stiff neck
- Decreased range of motion in the neck
- Pain or tenderness in shoulders, arms or upper back
- Numbness or tingling in arms
- Headache, especially headache starting at the base of the skull
Other symptoms may also be associated with whiplash after a car accident or other physically jarring event, though less frequently. It’s important to be aware of these less-common symptoms, as someone who has been in a motor vehicle crash might not automatically connect them to the accident. Some examples include:
- Blurred vision
- Memory problems
- Difficulty concentrating
- Disrupted sleep patterns
If You Have Possible Whiplash Symptoms, See a Doctor
If you’re experiencing symptoms in the wake of a car accident, you should see a physician as soon as possible. Whether the problems you’re suffering are among the whiplash symptoms listed above or something else entirely, seeking medical care promptly is in your best interest.
Until you have consulted a physician, you can’t be sure about the cause of your pain, stiffness or other symptoms. While the cause may simply be the jarring that occurred in the accident and the symptoms may pass on their own, you may have sustained a whiplash injury or something even more serious. Some car accident injuries may be aggravated by a delay in treatment.
While ensuring that you receive appropriate medical treatment to avoid aggravation of injuries or permanent damage is of the utmost importance, seeking medical care in a timely manner is also important if you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence. The longer you wait to seek medical care after the accident, the more difficult it may be to demonstrate that your injuries were a result of the accident. Even if you can conclusively tie your injuries to the accident, your right to recover may be reduced if your own failure to secure medical attention made your injuries worse and ultimately increased your medical expenses.
Talk to a New York Car Accident Lawyer about Your Whiplash Injury
If you’ve suffered whiplash or other physical injuries in a car accident that was somebody else’s fault, talk to a New York personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. You may be entitled to recover for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, damage to your vehicle and other damages associated with the accident.
The sooner you get advice from an experienced car accident attorney, the better able you and your attorney will be to build a strong case to maximize your compensation. Just call 844-469-5291 or fill out the contact form on this page to get started.