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Whiplash: A Silent Car Accident Injury

Whiplash commonly occurs in auto accidents and trucking accidents, but it can also occur in contact sports, such as football.   Whiplash is caused when the head is violently thrust backward (hyperextension) and forward (hyperflexion), causing damage to the neck.  Whiplash injuries may be exacerbated if the neck is turned to the side at the time the head is thrown forward and backward. Whiplash can cause injuries to intervertebral joints, discs and ligaments.

Whiplash can include a number of long-lasting and wide-ranging symptoms, including neck pain and stiffness, headaches, shoulder pain and stiffness, jaw pain, fatigue, dizziness, arm pain and weakness, vision problems, ringing in the ears, and back pain.   In severe cases, whiplash can also lead to a number of whiplash associated symptoms and medical problems, including depression, anger,  stress, drug dependency, post-traumatic stress disorder, and insomnia.

Whiplash frequently occurs in rear-end collisions.  Following the auto accident, you may feel little or no pain at all.  Sometimes symptoms of whiplash injuries do not develop until the days, weeks or months following the car accident.  Pain associated with whiplash pain may also subside and return again at a later date.

If you are in a car accident, especially a rear-end collision, you should consider seeking medical attention even if you are experiencing little or no pain.  A medical professional will conduct a complete medical examination, including orthopedic and chiropractic tests, x-rays, range of motion and muscle strength tests, as well as diagnostic ultrasound tests if necessary.  Whiplash injuries are typically treated through various chiropractic techniques that are designed to rehabilitate the injured tissues in order to eliminate or minimize pain and to restore the desired function.

It is also important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney if you have been in an auto accident.  The Chicago auto accident attorneys at Steinberg Goodman & Kalish are experienced personal injury attorneys who can help you protect you recover for your injuries or damages following an auto or trucking accident.  If you or a loved one has suffered a whiplash, or other head injury as a result of an auto or trucking accident, contact the knowledgeable Chicago personal injury lawyers at Steinberg Goodman & Kalish to discuss a possible personal injury lawsuit.

Steinberg Goodman & Kalish  ( is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 or (312) 782-1386.

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