Whiplash in New Jersey car accidents

One of the most common types of injuries suffered in an automobile accident in New Jersey is whiplash. These injuries, especially frequent in rear-end collisions, result from the sudden acceleration forward of the person's head and neck, rapidly followed by a violent movement backward as the deceleration following the impact happens.

Whiplash injuries are internal, so they are not always readily noticed when they happen, and the symptoms associated with them often do not appear for hours or days. Researchers believe this may be due to the adrenaline and excitement people feel after an accident. When symptoms appear, they may range from mild to severe.

Whiplash results from tears in muscles, tendons, ligaments and damage to surrounding tissue and bones. People may experience severe headaches radiating from the base of the skull. They may also have a decreased range of motion with their head and neck, stiffness and muscular pain. Treatment may include physical therapy and chiropractic manipulation in addition to pain management. Symptoms may last for long after the accident's occurrence.

It can be extremely frustrating to be involved in a car accident and then to develop symptoms of an injury after a period of time has elapsed following the accident. When a negligent driver collides with the rear of another person's car and the person is injured, the victim may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against that driver. Through such a suit, an injured victim can seek to recover damages for the losses sustained. Potential damages include the anticipated costs of ongoing medical care and rehabilitation needs in addition to expenses already incurred. Those who are injured in a motor vehicle accident due to the fault of another driver may thus benefit by speaking with a personal injury attorney to determine the remedies that may be available.

Source: American Chiropractic Association, "Whiplash", accessed on Jan. 10, 2015

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