What Is Whiplash?

What Is Whiplash?


If you have been in a vehicle accident, you may have experienced telltale signs of whiplash. This serious injury can vary in severity but is always uncomfortable and painful for the person who sustains it. Here are the basics of whiplash, because if you are able to identify it early, you can seek treatment early and hopefully get relief sooner.

What is whiplash?
Whiplash is a neck injury. It is caused by sustaining a force that makes the head go forward and back quickly, making the neck have rapid back-and-forth movement, like a whip.

How can you get whiplash?
Most people get whiplash from vehicle accidents. Being in a car that is rear-ended can make the force necessary to sustain whiplash. However, whiplash can happen in other situations too, like during a fall, playing sports, or other trauma.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?
Like most injuries, symptoms of whiplash can vary from person to person. However, there are some symptoms that could indicate whiplash:

  • Feeling like you have a stiff neck
  • Pain in the neck
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder or upper arm pain
  • Inability to move the neck easily or without pain

What should I do if I think I have whiplash?
If you have sustained an injury and have neck pain or stiffness, seek medical attention. Your doctor can assess your injuries and develop a treatment plan that will help to keep any further complications at bay. Unfortunately, whiplash symptoms can last for months after the initial trauma, and treatment can be the key to keeping you feeling as well as you can.

If you have whiplash due to a vehicle collision or other event, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills. Contact the team at MacCloskey Kesler and Associates to tell us more about your situation. We have decades of experience advocating for our clients and can get you a fair outcome.

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