If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident, particularly a rear-end accident, you may be suffering from whiplash symptoms. Whiplash occurs with sudden deceleration/acceleration forces. When a rear-end accident occurs, your head first goes back toward the force and then snaps back forward, depending on how fast you may have going or sitting still. When that happens, the injury occurs in the neck. It’s called, in layman’s terms, “whiplash,” but in medical terms a sprain or strain. A sprain or strain injury is a tearing, either large full, or small partial, to the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the neck. Now these injuries can be as painful as broken bones and can take as long to heal.
Normally, a whiplash will resolve, and the symptoms begin to fade in about two months. From two to six months, a whiplash will clear up. If it takes longer than six months, then your whiplash could become chronic and lead to a permanent injury.
If you have a permanent injury from a whiplash, then you’re entitled to more compensation for your claim. It’s important to let your whiplash start to heal or completely heal before you settle your case. If you’ve been injured in a car accident and suffer whiplash, give us a chance to help you: 615-425-2500, or reach out at RockyLawFirm.com. We maintain offices in Nashville, Hendersonville and Knoxville, for your convenience.
Nashville personal injury attorney Rocky McElhaney represents people who have been injured in car, truck and other automobile accidents as well as many other forms of negligence throughout the state of Tennessee.