For years now, film and television regularly portray victims of soft-tissue damage as dishonest people attempting to scam someone else by exaggerating their injuries. While this may occur from time to time, the truth is that soft-tissue damage, commonly called whiplash, is a real injury that can practically paralyze a victim.
One of the main reasons that whiplash may seem like a suspicious injury is that it does not always cause pain immediately. Depending on the circumstances, a victim may experience a car accident or some other significant impact and walk away believing that they did not suffer an injury because they don’t feel any pain. They may only realize they have an injury later, when their muscles get stiff and it’s painful to move. This may even occur the next day, after the victim goes to sleep.
If you recently experienced a car accident, you may have serious whiplash and other hidden injuries, so it is very important to seek out a complete medical examination from your doctor. Car accidents often result in injuries that do not cause pain initially, so it is better for your doctor to identify these injuries before they get worse and potentially dangerous.
The real effects of whiplash
Whiplash may seem like a minor injury to those who have not had their own experiences with it. Commonly, victims of whiplash lose some or all of their mobility, particularly in their neck and back. With these areas stiff and painful to move, victims may find that it is difficult or practically impossible for them to perform their jobs, or even do basic actions necessary for daily living, such as feeding and dressing themselves.
Whiplash is not a permanent injury, but it is extremely painful while it heals, which can take several weeks or even months. If you have the luxury of a job where you can take a month or more off to recover, the injury may not impact your finances very much. However, if you need to work to support yourself (like most of us), an injury that makes it impossible to do your work and draw an income is certainly a serious matter.
Protect your recovery now
A strong recovery is important after any injury. Your body may heal itself over time, but without proper care and treatment, you may continue to suffer from an injury long after it “heals.” Make sure to seek out the medical care that you need as soon as possible after any car accident to protect your health.
Likewise, you can protect your rights throughout recovery by using the legal tools and resources you have available to build a strong personal injury claim seeking fair compensation for your suffering and financial losses. If you have yet to start building your legal strategy, begin building it today to keep yourself protected while you recover.