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How do you identify a whiplash injury?

Many drivers in New Mexico have experienced a few little bumps and crashes in their time on the road. Rear-end crashes can be somewhat common and may occur anywhere, from rural areas to highways. However, this type of crash can also cause whiplash.

According to Mayo Clinic, whiplash is a type of injury that occurs when your head makes a whip-like motion due to the application of sudden force. When a car hits you from behind, for example, it can cause your head to snap forward rapidly. This is all it takes for a whiplash injury.

Sometimes, signs of whiplash can be overlooked. This is especially true if you have other, more pressing injuries that are taken care of first. However, you may want to see a doctor if you experience consistent headaches, tingling or numbness in the upper back, or pain and stiffness in the neck. Sometimes, the pain may worsen with movement. Other times, you may experience cognitive effects as well. These can include blurred vision, irritability, or trouble concentrating.

You should also be aware of the fact that whiplash can cause a concussion. Sometimes your head can whip forward with enough force that your brain smacks the inside of your skull. This causes potential bruising on the brain and concussive symptoms.

If you have recently been rear-ended by someone and believe that you are suffering from whiplash, please consider contacting an experienced attorney. They will be able to help you seek the compensation you deserve so you can get the medical attention you need.

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