Drivers in Baton Rouge are often subjected to congested traffic. Essen Lane, the interstates, and just about everywhere around LSU can all be difficult to navigate, especially around rush hour and when there are events on campus. When you are driving around town, you are at risk of being hit by another driver. Many people don't realize that serious injuries can occur, even in slower speed crashes.
In some cases, you might not realize that you are injured at the scene of the car wreck. This is troublesome to some people because they might have thought they got away with only a little damage to their vehicle. Here are some important points you should know about whiplash, which is one potentially serious soft tissue injury.
What, exactly, is whiplash?
Whiplash occurs when the head is snapped violently front to back or side to side. The damage occurs to structures in the neck and causes serious problems. It is fairly common for this condition to take hours to days to show up after the accident. Often, you will go to sleep the night of the crash and wake up feeling stiff the next morning.
The damage that occurs can range from minor, such as pulled muscles, to severe, such as torn ligaments or cervical spine damage. If you notice any signs that you might have whiplash, you should visit a doctor or urgent care center for an evaluation and to receive a treatment plan.
What are some symptoms of whiplash?
The most common signs of whiplash are stiffness and soreness. Many people experience difficulties when they try to move their neck. Headaches, dizziness, irritability, depression and ringing in the ears can also happen. In severe cases, activities like chewing and swallowing might become difficult, vomiting, nausea and difficulty concentrating can impact the victim.
What is the recovery like?
Recovery from this injury takes time. There isn't any way to speed it up; however, some treatments like chiropractic adjustments might help to improve the recovery. Physical therapy, medications and rest might also be necessary. You might have to take time off work, depending on how serious your injuries are.
What actions are possible?
Even if you don't notice the issues right at the time of the accident, you might still have legal options. In Louisiana, you have one year from the date of the accident to file a civil lawsuit. This gives you time to find out exactly what is wrong so that you can plan your case accordingly. Just make sure that you keep good records of the medical care, time you have to miss at work and how the injury has impacted your life.