A car accident in Pennsylvania can leave people with a variety of different injuries. People may think about broken bones, spinal cord injuries, head injuries and more when they think about car accidents. However, soft tissue injuries -- like whiplash -- are also very common. Whiplash is an injury to soft tissues in the neck. They occur when a person's head whips back and forth violently.
Unlike many other types of injuries, whiplash may not be immediately evident. It may take some time for people to start to feel the effects of whiplash. These consequences can include a stiff or sore neck, serious neck pain, headaches and back pain. However, whiplash can also include memory problems, dizziness, other balance issues and difficulty concentrating.
Whiplash can be treated in a variety of ways. Often, people will need to seek medical attention in order to be free of pain and other whiplash side effects. Depending on the seriousness of the injury, people may need to see a variety of medical professionals including a chiropractor, back and neck experts or even a neurologist. Sometimes whiplash must be treated with physical therapy, braces, muscle relaxants or even massage therapy.
Whiplash is just one of many injuries that people can suffer from as a result of a car accident. When a negligent driver causes an accident, that driver can be held legally responsible for the accident. This means the driver can be forced to pay for costs arising from the accident, including those coming from the diagnosis and treatment of whiplash and other injuries. An attorney can give specific legal advice to car accident victims in these cases.