The seriousness of a whiplash injury suffered by an Ohio resident can vary. Whiplash, commonly caused by the abrupt jolt that takes place during a car accident, can lead to a strain on the muscles and the tendons. In some cases, however, it can result in a disc herniation if there is a tear to discs between vertebrae. In rare instances, severe whiplash might lead to a fractured or dislocated vertebrae.
An individual may not initially realize that they have whiplash following an accident. It might take days for symptoms to develop, and those symptoms may include headaches, pain or stiffness in the neck, nausea, difficulty swallowing and even vertigo, among others. Symptoms may subside after a short time or may persist for weeks or even years. Individuals should also keep in mind that whiplash injuries do not necessarily only happen in high-speed accidents. They may also occur in accidents where vehicles were traveling relatively slowly. Whiplash may also occur from other types of accidents including sporting accidents or physical assaults.
Treatment for whiplash may include staying active and physical therapy. Surgery may be necessary in severe cases. Left untreated, whiplash may worsen.
An individual who suffers whiplash after a car accident may wish to consult an attorney. The individual may wish to file a civil lawsuit against the person or party they believe to be responsible for their injury. For a successful lawsuit following a car accident, it is necessary to demonstrate that the allegedly responsible individual was negligent.