June 22, 2020

Pitts Carr and Alex Weatherby

How Long Does It Take for Whiplash Symptoms to Appear?

Whiplash may occur when your head is quickly and forcefully moved forward and backward. Whiplash often happens during vehicle accidents when you are rear-ended.

Most of the time, whiplash symptoms appear immediately or shortly after an accident. In some cases, the symptoms may appear days after the accident. It is important to seek medical treatment after being in a vehicle accident because injuries, like whiplash, may have a delayed onset.

If you’ve been involved in a vehicle accident with whiplash, you should contact a skilled Atlanta accident attorney today.

What Is Whiplash?

Whiplash is a forceful, rapid, back-and-forth movement of the neck.

It is similar to the movement involved with casting a fishing rod.

Whiplash may take time to set in. Some of the symptoms of whiplash can include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness;
  • Loss of the range of motion in your neck;
  • Worsening pain when moving your neck;
  • Pain in your shoulder, upper back, or arms;
  • Headaches;
  • Fatigue;
  • Dizziness; and,
  • Blurred vision.

Whiplash can injure bones in your spine, nerves and tissues in your neck, discs between your spinal bones, muscles, and ligaments. If a person feels any of the symptoms of whiplash resulting from a vehicle accident, it is important that they seek immediate medical attention. If the whiplash was due to the other driver’s negligence, the injured person should contact a reputable Atlanta whiplash attorney.

What Complications Can Result from Whiplash?

Depending on the severity of a whiplash injury, symptoms can disappear within a few weeks or could last for months or years. The vast majority of whiplash cases, thankfully, resolve within a few days or weeks. There are rare times when a person has long-term, chronic pain from whiplash. Additionally, long-term pain is more likely to result if you have the following symptoms:

  • Severe neck pain,
  • Pain that spreads to your arms, and
  • A substantially limited range of motion in your neck.

Furthermore, factors that may worsen complications from whiplash include:

  • A prior whiplash injury,
  • Pre-existing neck or lower-back pain,
  • Degenerative or congenital conditions, and
  • Older age,
  • An accident with a severe impact, and
  • An accident that occurred at high speeds.

To find out if compensation is possible for complications from whiplash, speak with an Atlanta accident lawyer today.

Why Do You Need an Atlanta Accident Attorney?

If you’ve been in a car accident in Georgia that resulted in whiplash, you will need an accident attorney to help you. If you are the injured person, because whiplash is not necessarily visible to the human eye, you’ll need to rely on statements from your doctor and your medical records. An experienced accident attorney will point to concrete statements in your records to show the seriousness of your whiplash injury and the effect it has had on your life.

If you are the at fault driver, whiplash can be a serious injury, and you will need an experienced attorney to guide you.

How Can Our Atlanta Accident Attorneys at Carr & Weatherby Help You?

Our Atlanta accident attorneys at Carr & Weatherby are accomplished, accessible, and well-respected in the Atlanta area. We want to help you prove your case for compensation for whiplash from a car accident.

Unlike many law firms, we both prosecute and defend cases. As a result, we provide our clients with insight, credibility, and perspective that they can’t find at other firms. We’ll focus on your strongest arguments and strive to resolve your case as quickly as possible.

Contact us today to schedule your consultation.