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Chicago Whiplash Attorneys
Whiplash is commonly associated with car accident victims wearing neck braces to gain sympathy in court. While whiplash does often result from car accidents, it is far from a ploy to gain attention or sympathy. In reality, whiplash can be a serious injury that should always be taken seriously.People who have suffered whiplash in any type of accident often have important legal rights to financial recovery for their medical bills and other losses. The law firm of Abels & Annes, P.C., understands how serious whiplash can be and how the extensive losses quickly can add up. We stand up for the rights of whiplash victims and help our injured clients recover the maximum amount of compensation they deserve. If you have questions or concerns after suffering whiplash, please contact our office to discuss your situation for free today.What Is Whiplash?Whiplash is a type of soft tissue injury in the neck, similar to a sprain or strain. This specific soft tissue injury occurs when the head forcefully and rapidly moves back and forth in different directions. This sharp snapping of the neck is often compared to a cracking whip—hence the term whiplash.Whiplash SymptomsSymptoms of whiplash may be immediately apparent or may take as long as 24 hours to develop. While symptoms can vary from case to case, the most common include:
- Headaches starting where the neck meets the skull
- Neck stiffness and pain
- Increased pain when the neck moves
- Restricted range of neck motion
- Pain in the shoulders, arms, or upper back
- Numbness or tingling sensations in the arms
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty focusing
- Ringing ears
- Depression or irritability
- Auto accidents, especially rear-end accidents, when the force of an impact causes the head to snap back and forth on the neck.
- Contact sports such as football or hockey may involve tackles or hits that cause the body to stop while the head continues moving forward, then snaps back.
- Assaults can also cause whiplash, including sudden and forceful punches or shakes—such as shaken baby syndrome.
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Tailgating or aggressive driving
- Violating traffic laws
- Allowing or encouraging overly rough play in sports
- Pushing young athletes beyond their appropriate skill levels
- Physically assaulting another person