Five Common Symptoms of Whiplash to Look for Following a Sarasota Car Accident

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Erik Abrahamson, J.D. January 11, 2014
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Personal injury claims involving whiplash are some of the most common types of cases that our injury law team deals with when it comes to Sarasota car accidents.

It’s important to note that whiplash is not technically a medical condition. Instead, whiplash is a generic term that refers to a handful of different injuries that tend to have similar symptoms.

Five of the most common symptoms of whiplash include neck tension & pain, shoulder tension & pain, headaches, dizziness, and cognitive difficulties.

Neck Tension & Pain

The majority of whiplash injuries involve damage to muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the neck such as sprains and strains. These injuries are responsible for the stiffness, discomfort, and mobility that are typically associated with whiplash.

Shoulder Tension & Pain

In some cases, whiplash symptoms can involve similar pain and stiffness in the shoulders. Discomfort may also be present in the arms and in between a victim’s shoulder blades.


Headaches are also experienced by many whiplash victims. Headaches associated with whiplash injuries tend to be centered at the back of the head where the neck meets the skull.

Dizziness & Vertigo

Dizziness and vertigo are additional symptoms of whiplash that are reported in 25 -50% of whiplash injuries, according to a study published in the European Spine Journal. Some whiplash victims also experience nausea accompanying these symptoms.

Cognitive Symptoms

Some whiplash victims also experience certain types of cognitive symptoms as a result of their injuries, such as memory difficulties, trouble concentrating, sleep problems, and general irritability.

According to the Mayo Clinic, most symptoms of whiplash develop within the first day of the injury.

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