How to Tell That You Have a Whiplash Injury


Whiplash injuries result during a rear ender accident, when the head and neck are quickly thrown back and forth with great force. In many cases, these injuries may not seem evident soon after the accident. You might experience mild pain soon after the accident, but may not think much of it.

It would be a mistake, however, to go back home after the accident, take a few painkillers and forget about the injury. It’s important to get any kind of pain after an accident checked out immediately. A whiplash injury will result in stiffness and restricted movement in the neck and shoulders a few days after the injury. You might feel tired, and fatigued, and may experience a numbing sensation or stiffness or soreness in your neck, shoulders and upper back. You may also experience nausea, dizziness and unexplained headaches.

If you experience any of these symptoms, get yourself to a doctor as quickly as possible. A doctor will conduct tests that will determine the presence of the injury. Your treatment could include painkillers, mobility exercises, and possibly a course of physiotherapy. Talk to a Denver car accident lawyer about filing a claim for compensation.

Whiplash injuries are treatable, and patients typically make a full recovery within weeks. However, in some cases, the pain and stiffness may last for months, and the patient may require extensive physiotherapy. If you have suffered a whiplash injury in an accident, speak to a Denver car accident lawyer about how you can obtain compensation to pay for your medical expenses.

By: Dallas Norton

Dallas Norton, the founding partner of Norton & Bowers, has practiced law with a focus on personal injury since 1992. Mr. Norton has extensive Colorado roots including grade school in Arvada and high school in Denver. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School in 1991. When working on behalf of clients, Mr. Norton draws upon his extensive background in psychology and human resources.