Whiplash is a condition that results from a short, sharp, back and forth motion of the head and neck. Commonly a result of car accidents, a whiplash claim needs to be substantiated with the proper symptoms, such as;
1. Neck Pain and Stiffness
This is the biggest part of any whiplash claim. While the pain may not be immediate right after the whiplash incident, it will come at least by the next day. Tightness and pain are common complaints, resulting from the extreme motion and stress put on the neck. If not seen, this damage and stress can become much worse over time as well.
2. Fatigue and Dizziness
Just as with the neck pain, these two symptoms may not be immediate. Faintness may come and go shortly after the whiplash incident, but fatigue and dizziness may become more permanent symptoms over the next several days. These may be natural results of the healing process, but they could also be signs that something is wrong in your body. If you experience these symptoms you should get examined immediately before your condition grows any worse.
A headache is probably the most common, and most expected, the result of even mild whiplash. While the headache can occur anywhere, it is most common to have one near the base of the skull, where the head is connected to the neck. In almost any legitimate whiplash claim there will be mention of headaches of varying intensity. These are to be expected even in cases where none of the other symptoms of whiplash manifest themselves.
4. Blurred Vision and Ringing in the Ears
Both of these symptoms are sensory difficulties associated with more intense whiplash. If a whiplash claim is being made and the sufferer is having difficulty focusing his or her eyes, or if there is a ringing in the ears, it can mean there has been some extensive damage or intense whiplash suffered. If someone that has been in a car accident, on a rough roller coaster or felt injured while in any high-speed activity begins to experience these symptoms they should be immediately examined by an expert to be sure the symptoms aren’t indicative of serious damage.
5. Memory Problems
Perhaps one of the most worrying symptoms of whiplash is problems with the sufferer’s memory. It is possible for the whiplash suffered to cause difficulties with short term memory, which may lead to serious problems in day to day life. Medication and further examination by medical experts will be necessary.
6. Worsening Symptoms
If you have any symptoms that were caused by whiplash and they grow worse, that means that the damage done may be significant and will definitely require examination by professionals. If it’s painful for the sufferer to move his or her head, the pain from the neck begins to move outward down the arms or back, or if there is any numbness or tingling in the limbs, those are all worsening symptoms that require immediate care and medical services.