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5 Things You May Not Know About Whiplash

Most of us are familiar with the condition known as whiplash. It occurs when we experience a sudden acceleration or deceleration, or a sudden change of direction when we are moving at high speeds. This causes the head to snap back and forth quickly, and for the head and neck to move in a shape not unlike a whip being cracked.

If you have experienced whiplash, you likely understand the pain and suffering that it can cause. Many people experience pain, swelling, and limited movement. Even those of us who have never had the displeasure of having whiplash probably know someone who has, so we have a pretty good idea of how whiplash happens and what it feels like. But did you know:

  1. Whiplash is rarely immediately evident after a crash, and it can take anywhere from two hours to months to develop
  2. 3 million Americans get whiplash every year, and the majority of these cases are from car accidents
  3. Nearly half of those who get whiplash in car accidents experience symptoms for months
  4. For many people with whiplash, it is impossible to pinpoint the exact location of the injury, despite modern medical imaging devices
  5. Getting whiplash could have more to do with the position of your seat than the force of impact

For More Information

None of these facts can help you if you already have whiplash, unfortunately. But if you have been in an accident and are on the fence about seeing a doctor, it is best to get your injury checked out. Also, if another person caused your accident, it may benefit you to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer. Contact a Wisconsin auto accident lawyer of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 today to learn more.

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