Preventing a common yet damaging injury
Cervical acceleration-deceleration, commonly known as whiplash, injures more than 3 million Americans every year. However, this injury is commonly misdiagnosed or left untreated, and is often viewed as a throwaway claim following an automobile accident. The fact of the matter is that whiplash can have long-lasting effects on victims, and it is important to understand its causes and consequences.
Whiplash most commonly occurs in rear-end collisions at less than 12 miles per hour. At such speeds, the vehicles may not even be damaged, but a driver or passenger’s head can be thrown back, or hyperextended, and then thrown forward, or hyperflexed. This creates enormous strain and can leave the cervical spine in an abnormal S-shape, leading to symptoms including:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Shoulder, arm and jaw pain
- Dizziness and fatigue
- Stress and anxiety
Doctors can typically diagnose whiplash based on a patient’s symptoms and a brief examination. They may also request an x-ray to determine if there are more serious injuries to the head, neck or spine. Treatment for whiplash commonly includes a cervical collar to keep the patient’s neck in place or early range of motion exercises, along with pain medication. Unfortunately, most treatments for whiplash have not been extensively tested to determine their effectiveness
Whiplash affects millions every year, and the attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC in Baltimore have extensive experience representing victims of this debilitating condition. They encourage anyone involved in a rear-end collision and experiencing any of the symptoms listed above to seek medical attention and to contact them at their Baltimore offices.