One of the most common injuries in rear-end or head-on car accident is whiplash, a neck injury caused by the sudden deceleration of your body within the vehicle. Sudden deceleration can cause your head to whip forward and then snap back, placing undue strain on the bones, muscles, and tendons within the neck.
Symptoms that occur as a result of whiplash include:
- A numb feeling in the neck
- Dull, aching pain in the neck or back
- Swelling around the back of the neck
- Balance problems
- Stiffness and lack of mobility in the neck
It’s important to remember that many of these symptoms may not appear for 1-2 days after the crash. Many people leave a crash shaken up but feeling fine, only to wake up the next morning barely able to move their neck. This is just one reason why you should avoid coming to an immediate settlement with an insurance company after an accident.
Instead, you should make an immediate appointment with your doctor, and ask if you need a specialist for your neck injury. Besides being important to your health, these examinations offer some legal benefits: your lawyer will have more evidence should a trial become necessary, and the insurance company will find it harder to argue that your injuries are not serious if you saw a doctor right away.
Determining damages in a car accident depends on many factors, including the circumstances of the accident and the extent of your injuries. With years of experience working car accident cases in Alabama, the car accident lawyers at Long & Long have the knowledge to help your claim succeed. To learn more about your legal options, take advantage of our offer of a free case review by calling (251) 432-2277 today, or completing our contact form.