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What is whiplash?

When most people think of a car accident, they think of a devastating wreck resulting in life-threatening injuries. While these types of crashes occur with more frequency than we care to think, there are lesser accidents that can still leave victims with significant damages. Broken bones, torn ligaments, and pulled muscles may seem minor compared to traumatic brain injury, but these injuries can still wreak havoc on an individual's day-to-day life, their spirits, and their financial stability.

One common injury that can dramatically affect an individual's life is whiplash. Whiplash occurs when one's head moves back-and-forth at a fast rate of speed. The injury is often suffered in rear-end accidents when one's head is suddenly jolted by the impact. Symptoms of whiplash may include headaches, muscle and joint stiffness, and generalized neck pain. Whiplash sufferers may also experience limited range of motion in their neck, arm numbness, dizziness, and fatigue.

Although whiplash often heals after months of rehabilitation and pain management, for some, the injury is more severe, requiring ongoing medical treatment. Such an injury can leave an individual with unexpected and burdensome medical expenses, and, if the harm is severe enough, it may cause lost wages when the sufferer is unable to work. These damages, which may increase when other accident injuries are experienced along with the whiplash, can leave a crash victim fearful for their financial future and thirsting for justice.

The good news is that these individuals can seek to recoup compensation for their losses and impose liability on the negligent drivers who harmed them. Proving negligence and causation isn't always easy, though. In fact, many plaintiffs lose their personal injury claims for failing to put forth enough compelling evidence. This is why Delaware residents turn to trusted legal professionals who can help them develop the strongest legal arguments possible under the circumstances.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Whiplash," accessed on April 7, 2017

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