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How can whiplash from a crash impact your life?

| Apr 25, 2019 | Personal Injury |

Virginian residents who get involved in car crashes may suffer from whiplash. Though this is often considered one of the milder injuries a person can get from a crash, it can actually impact your health for a long time to come, especially if you don’t get speedy treatment.

Whiplash is much more than a sore neck or headache. It can affect your mental state and many parts of your physical capabilities and health. Mayo Clinic examines the different physical and mental impact whiplash has on a victim. More severe and lesser-known physical symptoms include:

  • Numbness in the limbs
  • A loss of sensation, burning, or tingling
  • Dizziness and fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears

These can all be signs of nerve damage, which usually occurs because the spinal column pinches nerves when it whips back and forward rapidly. Swelling can increase pressure on damaged nerves as well, leading to further pain, changes in physical sensation, and more.

Mental symptoms can include irritability, confusion, or trouble with memory and concentration. You may also experience mood swings. People with a history of depression may find it worsening, and even those with no prior mental health issues may develop some. These can be signs of more severe damage to the nerves or even the brain itself.

Whiplash symptoms may seem mild enough that you begin to think you can leave them untreated, but that is not advised. Instead, you may want to seek immediate medical attention for proper diagnosis and treatment. After that, contacting an attorney may be the best way to seek compensation for your injury.