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Rear-Ended in Fort Lauderdale? Watch for These Neck Injury Symptoms

Posted in Personal Injury,Rear End Car Accident,Serious Injuries on September 3, 2019

A rear-end collision occurs when someone crashes into the rear or back of your car. Although these types of accidents are common, they will likely take you by surprise as you come to a stop or are sitting in standstill traffic. While these wrecks can lead to all types of physical harm, neck injuries are a common result of this type of impact.

If you incurred neck injuries as the result of an accident in Fort Lauderdale, reach out to a whiplash attorney right away. The Law Offices of David I. Fuchs will fight for you to win the fair compensation you deserve for your medical bills and other damages stemming from neck injury symptoms Call (954) 568-3636 today, or reach out through the online form to schedule a free, initial consultation of your case.

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is a common type of neck injury. It occurs after a quick, forceful back and forth movement of the neck. Fortunately, whiplash typically heals on its own with time. However, if you do incur this injury, there are a few ways you can assist the recovery process at home. You can:

  • Ice your neck to reduce pain and swelling for 15 minutes every three to four hours for two to three days.
  • Apply heat to your neck after a few days of icing.
  • Take anti-inflammatory pain medications.

Symptoms of Neck Injuries

Immediately after a rear-end collision, you may not know you have a neck injury. Following a crash, your body releases cortisol and adrenaline hormones that help block pain so that you can react after an emergency. Eventually, these hormones wear off, and when they do, you may start to notice pain. For this reason, it’s important to seek medical attention after you get rear-ended – even if you feel fine.

In many situations, symptoms will begin to appear shortly after a crash and worsen over several days. When you do experience symptoms from whiplash or another neck injury, they may include:

  • A stiff, sore neck – Your neck muscles may feel knotted or hard.
  • Limited movement of the neck ¬ It may be difficult for you to move your neck in any direction.
  • Dizziness and blurred vision – You might feel like your vision has been impaired and various objects are spinning.
  • Fatigue – You may feel exhausted and lack the energy to perform everyday tasks.
  • Memory loss – A neck injury may cause you to forget things that you would typically have no trouble remembering.
  • Pain in the lower back, arm, and/or hands – Other parts of your body, other than your neck may hurt.
  • Headaches – If you do face a headache as a result of a neck injury, it will begin at the base of your skull and radiate forward.
  • Irritability – You may feel restless and unable to go to work, shop for groceries, or participate in other simple tasks.

Treatments for Neck Injuries

The severity of your neck injury and your personal preferences will dictate the treatment plan a doctor may prescribe you. Often, they’ll recommend a combination of the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Chiropractic treatments
  • Pain medication
  • A neck brace
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Injections to block pain impulses

Contact a Whiplash Lawyer Today

If a rear-end accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence left you with a neck injury, it is in your best interest to contact skilled personal injury lawyer David I. Fuchs. He has successfully represented many victims of rear-end collisions who have been left with neck injuries that have taken a toll on their quality of life. You can count on him to ensure your rights remain protected throughout the entire personal injury process.

For a free evaluation of your case, call the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs at (954) 568-3636, or send a message through the contact form.