As a Chicago car crash attorney, I see all different kinds of injuries from all different kinds of accidents. Although whiplash may sound like a minor injury, it can seriously impact your everyday life for years to come and can result even if the underlying accident was minor with no damage to any vehicles involved.
Whiplash injuries generally happen as a result of rear-end collisions. When your car is rear ended, the force of the impact can push your neck and spine abruptly into an abnormal and unhealthy alignment. Whiplash effects the cervical spine, which extends from the base of the skull down to your upper back, by forcing it into an S shaped curve. Normally, the cervical spine rests in a C shaped curve, but the force of a rear end collision can push the lower part of your cervical spine to bend backwards and the upper part of your cervical spine to bend forward simultaneously, creating an S shape. Additionally, the lower part of the cervical spine extends far beyond its healthy range of motion, increasing the likelihood of damage to ligaments and discs.
Consequences of Whiplash Injuries
Your body works hard to protect you from a whiplash injury. As soon as your brain senses an impact, it sends signals to tense and prepare the muscles around the cervical spine for possible trauma. If you can stabilize your neck effectively, you may be able to lessen or negate the damage from a whiplash accident. This means anyone with weakened neck muscles, another underlying injury, improper posture, or no or delayed awareness of an incoming impact has an even greater chance of suffering lasting damage from a whiplash injury. Women involved in whiplash accidents are at a greater risk for serious injury because they generally have smaller frames and less muscle mass than men.
Contact a Chicago Car Crash Attorney
A whiplash injury can have lasting consequences. It can cause permanent joint damage or dysfunction, herniated discs, nervous system damage and loss of coordination, chronic pain, and even cognitive impairments. This can add up to thousands of dollars in doctors’ visits, corrective surgeries, and lost wages, in addition to a decline in quality of life as you suffer with long term chronic pain and limited mobility. If you’ve been injured in a whiplash accident, contact a Chicago car crash attorney to discuss your case at (312) 236-2900. Remember, many whiplash accidents don’t even cause vehicle damage, but that doesn’t mean your injury isn’t serious or that you don’t deserve compensation. Learn more about whiplash accidents.