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Do You Know the Signs of Whiplash?

Most of us are familiar with whiplash. It happens when we experience a sudden, forceful movement that causes the neck to be unable to keep the head in place. The head then snaps forward and back, not unlike a whip. Most people have either experienced whiplash or know someone who has.

Car accidents are one of the most common ways to get whiplash, and something interesting happens in these cases. Even for those people who have whiplash, they typically feel nothing at first. It can be tempting to think that you’re fine at this point. However, most cases of whiplash do not develop until at least two hours after the accident in question. When they do, most people experience the familiar symptoms of neck pain, restriction of movement, and headache. In addition, many people experience:

  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness

Although they are less common, some people experience:

  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Concentration problems
  • Difficulty with memory

If you have whiplash and experience the following symptoms, see a doctor immediately:

  • Moving your head becomes extremely painful
  • You have tingling in your arms or hands
  • Your arms and shoulders become painful

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Whiplash can manifest itself in many ways. If you have been in a car accident, be on the lookout for all of these signs. Also, even if you are showing no signs of whiplash, you may want to get checked out by a doctor. Finding and treating whiplash early can help keep it from becoming severe. Also, if the accident that gave you whiplash was caused by another person, contact the Racine auto accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 today to learn more about your legal rights and options.

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