How Long Does Whiplash Last?

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Erik Abrahamson, J.D. January 07, 2014

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Many car accident victims find themselves with symptoms of mild to acute whiplash in the days following their accident. One of most common questions that injury victims have when they are dealing with whiplash is how long their symptoms will last.

Whiplash Recovery Time

In order to answer this question, it is important to understand that whiplash is a generic term that is used to describe a variety of injuries to the muscles and tendons of a person’s neck. In a nutshell, the amount of time that it takes to recover from whiplash depends on the severity of the injury. In many cases, whiplash symptoms
should start to clear up within a few days or weeks. In more severe cases, it may take several weeks or significantly longer to recover from whiplash. According to the Mayo Clinic, some whiplash victims continue to experience symptoms up to two years and can develop chronic pain from their injuries.

What Areas of the Body are Involved in Whiplash Injuries?

The American Chiropractic Association explains that whiplash injuries are usually the result of a strain or sprain to the neck. Neck strains involve damage to the neck’s muscles and tendons, while neck sprains involve damage to the ligaments of the neck. Whiplash injuries can involve several different areas of the neck, including:

  • Ligaments
  • Joints
  • Muscles
  • Tendons
  • Nerve roots
  • Neck vertebrae
  • Discs between the vertebrae

Whiplash injuries can involve a variety of symptoms and complications that can have a serious impact upon a victim’s quality of life. Victims who have suffered from whiplash due to someone else’s irresponsible behavior may be eligible for financial compensation for medical expenses, loss of income, pain, suffering and other types of damages.

Are you suffering from a whiplash injury due to someone else’s negligence? Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-800-538-4878.

At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, our Tampa car accident lawyers have handled spinal injury claims for more than 30 years. If you’ve been injured in an accident in our area, fill out our contact form or call us today at 1-800-538-4878. Our injury law team can provide you with a free initial consultation and case evaluation.

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