Imagine sitting at a stoplight in Atlanta and glancing in your rear-view mirror only to see that the driver behind you is not paying attention and is most certainly going to slam into the back of your car. You may even have a split-second to brace yourself before the impact, which is your body's natural response to an incoming trauma.
Most likely, if you have been rear-ended in an accident, you will suffer some form of whiplash. Whiplash is the most common form of injury after a rear-end collision. It has been estimated that there are about 1.7 million cases of rear-end collisions a year in the United States, most often caused by another driver's inattention.
Whiplash happens when the head and neck of a person is suddenly and traumatically thrown forward, then backward, and then forward again when they are struck from behind in a rear-end collision. Whiplash can cause injuries to spinal joints, discs, and ligaments; cervical muscles; and nerves. Symptoms of whiplash may be present immediately after an accident, or they can take days to appear. Even if you think you feel fine after being in a rear-end collision, you should have your doctor examine you to determine if you might suffer from whiplash.
Whiplash and Brain Injury
In the case of severe whiplash, the brain is violently propelled back and forth inside the skull. If you are suffering from the following symptoms after a severe whiplash incident, you might have a mild brain injury:
- Memory issues
- Mood swings
- Depression and anxiety
- Inability to concentrate
- Sensitivity to light, smells, or sounds
Letting a mild brain injury go untreated can have life-long effects. You should visit your doctor if you are experiencing these subtle symptoms so you can be properly treated.
Whiplash involving brain trauma is expensive and can have a severe impact on the quality of your life. You may face medical bills, surgical costs, lost wages, and rehabilitative care costs. You deserve compensation for these expenses, as the person who caused the rear-end collision is responsible for your injuries.
John Hadden, Representing Collision Victims
If you think you may have suffered a brain injury as a result of whiplash after a rear-end collision, you may be facing months, if not years, of recovery. You deserve compensation for your immediate as well as long-term medical costs. Let The Hadden Law Firm help you get justice for what was done to you. Call The Hadden Law firm at 404-939-4525 or fill out a contact form to get started on your case today.