Wendy Doyle Pulumbo Pasco County Florida Car Accident Attorney
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash. The dictionary definition of whiplash is as an injury caused by a severe jerk to the head, typically in a car accident, a jerk or a jolt suddenly, as to cause injury. But what really happens physically when car accident victims get whiplash and how do physicians diagnose whiplash injuries?
Whiplash is an injury to the cervical spine often in the lower cervical vertebrae that forces the vertebrae into hyperextension during which the upper vertebrae are in a hyperflexed position. The result of this causes an abnormal S shape in the cervical spine. As a result of abnormal motion, this causes facet joint and soft tissue and ligament damage to the areas surrounding and holding the vertebrae together. Facet joints when dislocated can become inflamed, causing pressure on the spinal nerves. When this happens, a variety of medical conditions can ensue from whiplash headaches to Spondylolisthesis and double crush syndrome. Read more : Whiplash Injuries Resulting from Car Accidents
“If you have been involved in a car accident in Central West Florida in Pasco County, it is very important to seek treatment within 14 days even if your accident was considered a low impact accident. Low impact car accidents, particularly in rear end collisions can cause long term medical problems that can result in pain, suffering, extensive medical bills, loss of wages and even disability.”
Whiplash can be difficult to diagnose. Doctors will usually obtain x-rays but it’s proven that MRI’s are the better diagnostic option. MRI’s or other dynamic scans can detect soft tissue and nerve damage where an xray usually does not detect instability in the spine caused by soft tissue or facet joint injuries caused by whiplash. There are other tests that may be necessary, especially if you are having pain in your arms, wrist or fingers. The symptoms of whiplash can vary and unfortunately these symptoms may not intitally present themselves or seem less serious than they truly are. We cannot stress enough how important it is to seek treatment after any car accident and especially after a low impact car accident. As a Pasco County Car Accident Lawyer, we’ve seen accident victims who have lost their livelihood and any chance of recovering damages, simply because they did not seek out medical treatment after a low impact car accident and finding out later that they sustained serious whiplash injuries.
Consulting with a car accident attorney after your motor vehicle accident can help you to determine the best action to take regarding your medical care.