If you are like many people in Georgia, you may well have been in a group where someone has made a joke about whiplash. This is one of those injuries that somehow many people fail to take seriously yet it can be a real problem and definitely requires medical attention. It is one reason why close observation of someone after even a seemingly minor fender bender accident may be important.
As explained by WebMD, a person who has been in an accident in which their head is suddently jolted in a to and fro motion may not exhibit any symptoms of whiplash immediately after the crash. Onsent of symptoms may be delayed even though the injury has already taken place. Being hit from behind in a vehicle is a classic situation that may result in a whiplash injury.
In a whiplash injury, damage may be done to the roots of nerves, ligaments, cervical muscles, back disc or the joints between the spinal vertebrae. Stiffness in the neck might be what you think of as the only symptom but there are others as well including numbness in the upper limbs and extremities and even pain the low back. Some people even experience reduced cognitive function after experiencing whiplash.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give residents in Georgia an understanding of what whiplash is, how a whiplash injury may adversely impact their lives and why proper attention after an accident is so important.