How Long Does Whiplash Last?

Our Car Accident Attorney Explains Whiplash Injuries

Car accidents injure two million U.S. drivers each year. Some of those drivers suffer serious, life-altering injuries. Many other drivers suffer injuries that prevent them from being able to return to work. Whiplash injuries can be serious, and may sometimes prevent a person from being able to participate in basic life activities. A whiplash injury is a type of soft tissue injury that affects the muscles and nerves along the neck and arms. Depending on the circumstances, it may be necessary to recover compensation for a whiplash injury.

What Is Whiplash?

Whiplash occurs when the head and neck suddenly jolt forward and backward. Due to the sudden movement, muscle tissue and nerves can suffer damage. Accident victims may suffer from a loss of function in their neck, arms and hands – sometimes even weeks after the crash occurred.

What Are Whiplash Symptoms?

Symptoms of whiplash can occur in the hours, days and weeks after a crash. According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common whiplash symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms
  • Headaches
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck

You should go to the doctor if you are experiencing whiplash symptoms. Whiplash is a manageable condition. Your doctor may prescribe pain medication or physical therapy to treat your symptoms.

Whiplash can also cause a concussion, a type of brain injury that can occur when your head is suddenly jolted. Concussion symptoms can cause issues that include brain fog, drowsiness, headaches, blurry vision and behavioral problems. These issues can also disrupt a person’s personal and professional life.

Compensation for Whiplash

Like with any car accident injury, it may be possible to recover compensation if you can demonstrate the other motorist was negligent or reckless. Compensation can help pay for your medical expenses and lost income due to an inability to work. Our Santa Rosa car accident attorney can review the specifics of your case during a free consultation.

California has a pure comparative negligence rule. This means that you can recover compensation even if you are responsible for the crash. However, courts will reduce the amount of compensation based on your fault.

There are requirements for filing a claim. You only have a limited period of time to seek compensation for a whiplash injury. Once you are beyond the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim, you will not be able to pursue compensation. In California, the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of the injury.

If you suffered your whiplash injury on the job, and a third party caused the injury, then you may be able to recover compensation from a lawsuit and workers’ compensation. Our Santa Rosa personal injury attorney can answer any questions you have about recovering compensation for a whiplash injury.

You can schedule a free consultation with us by dialing (707) 414-0119 or by using the contact form on our site.