You look at the photos of your car wreck and wonder how you are still alive. Your seat belt saved you, and while you broke your nose on the steering wheel, your ankle on the pedal and a few ribs on the seat belt, it could have been a lot worse.
You look forward to getting back to work in a month or so. The next day you wake up, and your eyesight seems fuzzy, and you have a severe headache at the base of your skull. It could be that you suffered whiplash.
Whiplash is common in car accidents. It occurs because your head is thrown forward or backward, placing enormous strain on your neck and causing damage to ligaments or tendons. It is not always apparent immediately. When you have blood on your face and broken bones, it can be easy to overlook.
These are some of the signs you may have whiplash:
- Feeling dizzy
- Feeling tired all the time
- A headache at the base of your skull
- Trouble focusing your eyes
- Bad mood
- Severe pain in your shoulders neck or head
- Memory problems
- Trouble feeling or controlling your arms
Consult a doctor straight away if you think you may have whiplash, especially if it has reached your arms. Having a medical report will be vital to your compensation claim. Many insurance companies will try to suggest whiplash is not real. You will need an experienced personal injury attorney to help you fight them for full compensation.