Car accidents cause a wide variety of injuries that vary in level of severity from mild cuts and abrasions to significant head trauma. Whiplash and concussions represent two of the most serious types of auto collision injuries that often require immediate medical care, as well as a prolonged period of treatments and physical therapy sessions. Both types of serious car accident injuries can develop during the same incident, but one question remains for you to answer.
Can I get a concussion from whiplash?
Whiplash develops when the head and neck snap back and forth at a high velocity because of an incredibly strong impact produced by a vehicle collision. Although whiplash can develop as a result of other types of personal injury incidents, the sudden, strong snapping back and forth of the head and neck is mostly associated with car accidents. You can sustain a whiplash injury caused by a rear-end, side-impact, or head-on collision. The common factor for each of the three types of collisions is the speed of the vehicles at the time of impact.
As a mild traumatic brain injury, a concussion develops because of the impact the head makes on another object. For example, at the time of vehicle impact, the head slams into the front side driver’s door and the result is the development of a concussion. The answer to the question, “Can I get a concussion from whiplash,” is yes due to the violent movement of the head and neck at the time of a strong vehicle impact. Both whiplash and a concussion sometimes do not develop symptoms until a few hours or even a couple of days after a personal injury incident.
Since 1988, the team of personal injury attorneys at Morgan and Morgan has handled hundreds of car accident cases that involved the development of whiplash and/or a concussion. As the leading personal injury law firm in the United States, Morgan and Morgan has helped clients recover more than $14 billion in monetary damages, with a substantial amount of the financial awards coming from favorable car accident lawsuit rulings.
If you sustained whiplash and/or a concussion as the result of a motor vehicle collision, be proactive and schedule a free case evaluation with one of the experienced personal injury lawyers at Morgan and Morgan.