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What is whiplash?

If you have been injured in a car accident, then you may have suffered whiplash. Whiplash is one of the most common car wreck injuries, and can wreak havoc on your well-being. This type of injury is typically caused when a car is rear-ended, forcing your head to snap back and forth. This violent motion can hyperextend, strain, or sprain your cervical joints, causing neck stiffness, sharp pain, neck and back problems, and, potentially, cognitive setbacks.

In many instances, the symptoms of whiplash present themselves gradually, though they can appear immediately after an accident. No matter how slowly the symptoms appear, though, it is important for you to seek medical attention as quickly as possible. Failing to acquire prompt treatment can result in long-term, chronic pain and discomfort in the neck and back. Oftentimes, treating whiplash means wearing a neck brace, receiving physical rehabilitation and therapy, and taking pain and muscle-relaxing medication.

If you have suffered whiplash in a car accident, then you could be subjected to significant losses, physical, emotional and financial. Your medical expenses can skyrocket, you may be unable to perform the everyday duties that you love, and you may be unable to work which may result in lost wages. In total, these losses can cause stress and fear for your future.

The good news is that you do not have to sit back and suffer. Instead, you can seek assistance from an experienced Knoxville attorney, who knows how to protect your legal rights. Together, you and your attorney can act on your rights, and fight for the compensation you deserve. If negligence is shown to have caused your injuries, then compensation may be recovered for your medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Then, you may be able to regain your health, your normal life, and move on knowing that the individual who harmed you was held accountable.

Source: FindLaw, "Soft Tissue Injuries Caused by Motor Vehicle Accidents," accessed on Dec. 27, 2014

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