The Baltimore injury lawyers at The Herbst Firm specialize in head and spinal injuries. Whiplash is a non-scientific term that has become commonly used by people who have experienced a neck injury due to a sudden acceleration and deceleration of the head and neck. Whiplash associated disorders are a frequent result of rear end car accidents and truck accidents, but can occur after a large variety of injury accidents such as slip and falls. They can also occur if a person is hit, shaken or pushed. These injuries typically affect the cervical region of the spinal cord, which is located immediately below the skull, and ends at the shoulders. Even if the actual physical injury is limited to the cervical region of the spinal cord the pain felt from a whiplash injury can spread to many parts of the body.
The symptoms of a whiplash injury may not be immediately apparent. There are many instances of car accidents or other injury accidents where a person can walk away feeling totally fine, and then days or even weeks later begin to experience extreme pain. The pain from a whiplash injury can include aching and loss of range of motion in the neck and shoulders, headaches, and even numbness in the arms and legs. If you have suffered an injury due to a car accident or slip and fall, it is important to seek medical attention even if your immediate neck or back pain is not that severe. There are many accident cases in Maryland where emergency medical technicians arrive on scene only to be sent away without administering treatment. While every person involved in an injury accident has a right to refuse medical attention it is important to be medically cleared before leaving an accident scene so at the very least, your injures can be documented by EMTs in an injury report.
If you are experiencing a whiplash associated disorder such as neck pain or headaches, you should seek immediate medical advice. Remember that it is equally important for your health to follow up with any recommended treatment for your whiplash injury. In addition, neglecting to attend follow up treatment and physical therapy sessions can have a negative impact on your personal injury case. Your ability to recover damages from someone's negligence can suffer or even disappear if you do not receive treatment for your injuries. If you or someone you know is experiencing whiplash associated pain from an injury accident such as a car accident or a slip and fall anywhere in the state, contact a Baltimore injury lawyer immediately for a free consultation. The Herbst Firm are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to speak to you about your injury case.