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Don't go soft on the one who has caused your soft-tissue injury

Your morning trip to work started as any other ordinary work commute. You used the radio to pacify you amid the constant stopping and starting in rush-hour traffic. Then, another car unexpectedly crashed into you from behind, and you felt pain. Your seemingly ordinary trip has just become extraordinary -- for all of the wrong reasons.

One of the most common types of injuries in a car accident is whiplash. If you have suffered whiplash, a soft-tissue injury, due to the carelessness of another motorist in Georgia, you have the right to seek to hold the other driver accountable.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a soft-tissue injury that often occurs in rear-end car accidents, as these types of crashes can cause your head to move back and forth in a violent manner. The term whiplash typically refers to cervical strain, hyperextension injury or cervical sprain.

Whiplash is possible whether an accident happens at low or high speeds. Even if you are involved in a low-speed collision, your muscles, vertebrae and ligaments can still suffer injury from the unanticipated impact.

What symptoms of whiplash may you experience?

Not all whiplash injuries are easy to recognize from the start. However, whiplash symptoms can manifest over the several days following the collision. These symptoms include the following:

  • Trouble with maintaining your equilibrium
  • Back discomfort
  • Pain in the head
  • Dizziness
  • Neck tightness or stiffness
  • Dull neck pain
  • Concentration challenges
  • Trouble with your memory

If you experience these symptoms following your accident, seeking medical attention is critical. You might end up receiving a referral to a health care specialist, such as a neurologist, neck and back expert or chiropractor.

To treat a whiplash injury, doctors may provide you with a cervical collar or brace to immobilize your neck or you may have to complete physical therapy. Other possible therapies include range-of-motion therapy, massage therapy or even the use of muscle relaxants. Surgery or cervical traction might even be required if you have suffered extensive ligament or muscle damage.

What are your rights?

If you have suffered a soft-tissue injury, such as whiplash, due to another motorist's negligence, you have the right to seek compensation. Monetary compensation can help you to cover your ongoing medical costs and address the pain and suffering that the accident has caused you.

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