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Did I Sustain a Whiplash Injury?

May 19, 2023

It is estimated that over 6,000,000 motor vehicle accidents occur each year in the United States.  About 40 percent of these are rear end collisions.  One common injury that victims often experience after a car accident is whiplash. Such isn’t a visible injury and the onset of symptoms may take hours or days to begin to manifest.  This makes it difficult to know if you’ve suffered whiplash.  So….

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is “a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck.”  Basically your neck is whipping forward and back.   Some medical providers will not use the term whiplash but instead may say neck sprain, neck strain or some may just say neck injury.

What are the Common Symptoms?

The first step in determining if you have whiplash is knowing what symptoms to look out for.   Here are some but not all of the common symptoms.

  • Pain in your neck and or arms

  • Tingling sensation in one or both arms

  • Stiffness

  • Increased pain when you move your head/neck

  • Being unable to move your neck as you usually would

  • Feeling dizzy

There are also less common symptoms of a whiplash injury, including the following.

  • Memory issues

  • Depression

  • Blurry or altered vision

  • Issues with your focus

  • Ringing in your ears

  • Sleep issues

Will my Symptoms Last Forever?

There is no set time period for one to suffer symptoms from a whiplash injury.   Symptoms can persist for hours, days and/or months depending on how severe the injury.  While symptoms don’t always point to a lasting injury, they can be an indicator.   If you feel that you have had a whiplash injury due to a motor vehicle accident you should contact at attorney immediately.   At the Law Offices of Spencer M. Fein, P.C., we have been representing individuals throughout Westchester County who have sustained such injuries.   We have had clients from White Plains, Mt. Kisco, Yonkers and many other towns/cities..

The first step to treating whiplash is to seek medical treatment.   Plans of treatment will vary depending on the severity of the injury and the needs of the patient.  Failing to treat the injury can lead to  chronic pain and mobility issues. These issues can affect your home life and your work life.

Whiplash is a serious medical condition. Your health care provider can help you create a plan of action and manage your pain. The key is seeking treatment before, or as soon as the symptoms begin. Finding treatment immediately gives you the best chance at making a full recovery. 

Again, if you feel that you have sustained a whiplash injury due to the fault of another it is advisable to contact an attorney.   At the Law Offices of Spencer  M. Fein, P.C. we represent such individuals who have been harmed due to the negligence of others.   We have had great success for clients throughout Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Dutchess Counties as well as through many other locations throughout the state of New York.