Not Just a Pain in the Neck

Whiplash injuries most commonly occur when a victim’s car is hit from behind. As frustrating as it is painful, whiplash takes a long time to heal, which often disrupts elements of the victim’s daily routine, such as work.

The Anatomy of Whiplash Injury

On impact, the cervical spine takes on an altered shape as its lower portion moves into extension (bends backwards) and its upper portion moves into flexion (bends forward). Whiplash occurs when the lower part of the spine moves beyond its normal range of motion, injuring the surrounding ligaments and discs.

See Your Doctor

It’s crucial that you see your doctor immediately after whiplash occurs, as the strength of your claim relies on the documentation of a medical professional. This is especially important with an injury like whiplash, where there are no broken bones or other obvious signs of injury. It’s also good practice to keep a journal to personally document your day-to-day progress. Keep a detailed record of what hurt, when it hurt and what you did to remedy the situation. Be sure to save all receipts for expenses incurred during your recovery period as these too, will strengthen your claim. This includes everything from parking, taxi costs and gas to prescriptions and medical expenses.