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When whiplash turns into a severe neck injury

Car accidents are one of the most common causes of injuries. An Arkansas man recently sustained injuries after driving his vehicle off the road.

Many people involved in two-vehicle collisions report suffering from whiplash afterward. This is a result of your head and neck whipping violently forward and immediately backward. It does not always appear directly after the collision. It can take days or even weeks to develop. Although the symptoms may feel mild at first, it is critical to seek medical attention right away. You may have a more severe neck injury that requires more extensive treatment. 

See a doctor as soon as you can

Ideally, you will go to the hospital shortly after any significant collision. If paramedics arrive at the scene, you may have no choice but to go to the hospital. If paramedics do not arrive, then you should transport yourself to the emergency room within 24 hours of the incident. This helps your auto insurance claim in correlating your injuries with the car accident.

Doctors can run a series of tests to see if you have any severe injuries lurking beneath the surface. It could take weeks for symptoms to fully manifest, and at that point, it may be hard to prove to your insurance adjuster that your injuries were a result of the collision. 

Keep track of your symptoms

Neck and shoulder injuries manifest in various ways. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Tinnitus
  • Blurry vision
  • Back pain
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness in one or both arms
  • Soreness in the jaw

You should write down when each symptom appears and how severe it is. Your doctor will tell you to keep a journal as well. When you suffer greater injuries, there is a chance you can receive more in compensation from your claim, but you have to remember all the details. 

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