You should always see a doctor if you are involved in a car accident, even one you think is relatively minor. You never know what might have been dislodged or knocked around. As discussed previously, this post will address the whiplash, the second most common injury associated with car accidents.

As you may recall, car accidents, even low-speed accidents, almost always result in injuries. The human body was not designed to absorb the kinetic energy that is released when two large vehicles collide into one another. The most common injuries are soft tissue, like bruises and contusions. The other typical injury is whiplash.

Whiplash, or cervical strain/sprain or hyperextension injury, occurs when your head is knocked forward and backward violently. Common symptoms include:

  • Back problems, like pain, stiffness or sensitivity.
  • Sharp neck pain, especially when you try to twist or turn your head.
  • Stiffness in the neck.
  • Cognitive issues, like memory lapses or problems concentrating.

While these symptoms can occur immediately after an accident, they also emerge gradually in the following days or weeks after an accident. It is, therefore, critical that you seek medical attention as soon as possible to ensure that nothing more serious occurred.

Whiplash may sound like a relatively minor injury but the symptoms and pain can build slowly over time if not treated properly. For people who never seek medical assistance, it can eventually turn into chronic pain and discomfort.

After the doctor’s evaluation, you may want to speak with a lawyer if you suffered some injuries, even if the injury was minor. A lawyer can review your case and determine the best method to pursue compensation. This may not necessarily equal a lawsuit. Regardless of the strategy utilized, you shouldn’t pay for your medical bills or your car repairs. You were the victim, you shouldn’t pay for your injuries.