As a car accident lawyer in Villa Rica, I have handled many whiplash cases. I know that whiplash injury can be serious, depending on the severity of the damage. There are many widely recognized symptoms of whiplash, but, according to medical experts, there are also several signs often overlooked.
The uncommon symptoms of whiplash include cognitive issues regarding concentration, changes in emotion, and difficulty sleeping, which can all be an indication of a more serious underlying condition. Attention/ concentration deficits, emotional changes, and sleep disturbances are findings that could be explained by damage to the brain/ brain stem structures. A victim may want to schedule an MRI or PET scan to ensure a traumatic brain injury has not been overlooked. Victims who have suffered these types of whiplash injuries are often seen in minimal damage accidents.
Whiplash is Common in Villa Rica Car Accidents
According to experts, cases of a whiplash injury can occur as the result of rear-end car accidents at speeds of less than 14 miles per hour. The clinical symptoms of whiplash may not develop until 6-12 hours after the injury, or even after a few days. Some patients complain of neck pain and stiffness, ongoing headache, back pain, upper-limb pain, and/or several other symptoms.
In a recent study published in Neurology, the authors stated, "Over 50% of patients develop mild to moderate headache after the accident, with 8-15% still complaining about frequent headache after three months." The authors of this study sought to provide objective evidence that whiplash can cause headaches. The studies did show increases in brain tissue in patients with chronic post-traumatic headache.
If you or a loved one have suffered a whiplash injury in a Georgia car accident, it is crucial to hire a Georgia car accident attorney with experience. At the Law Office of Julie C. Moore, we are committed to giving you the best legal service, resulting in the best possible outcome for your compensation claim.
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