Whiplash is a common side effect after a car accident. It occurs when a violent impact jolts the spine forward, and the forward motion is stopped by the seatbelt and sends the head and spine rapidly backwards. It can be mild or severe. In some cases, it can cause substantial discomfort, as well as loss of enjoyment.
Keep a diary of your symptoms
If you are having sporadic symptoms such as headaches, neck pain, weakness or dizziness, then it is a good idea to keep a diary of these issues. You can do this either in hard copy or an electronic option such as a smartphone app. You should also include any work shifts or personal events that you missed in this diary so that you can show a history of how this issue has affected your life and determine any patterns in how the symptoms occur. You can also include any costs that you have incurred, including over the counter pain killers and therapeutical costs.
Visit your GP ('general practitioner') to confirm your issue
If you have a suspicion that you may have whiplash you should visit your GP as soon as possible to get the injury looked at. They can examine you and confirm if it is whiplash, as well as giving you any prescription painkillers that you might need to manage the pain. They can also refer you to any specialist to get the issues confirmed. You should discuss it with your GP if you want to try any complementary therapies such as chiropractic treatment or acupuncture to confirm that this won't further aggravate your injuries.
Meet with a car accident lawyer
If you are having issues for a period of time it can make sense to meet with a lawyer to discuss the issues that you have had as a result of the whiplash, including the extent of any events or work you have missed and the amount of costs that you have incurred. This can help the lawyer to see if you have a case to bring against the insurer or the driver of the other car.
Visiting an experienced car accident lawyer is a good idea if you have had whiplash following a car accident. They can help to review your case and see the best way to proceed so that you can be compensated for the effect of whiplash on your health, finances, and happiness. For more information, contact a firm such as Alexanders Lawyers.