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Whiplash injuries from car accidents

People who have the misfortune to become involved in a car accident in Georgia may find themselves at risk of whiplash. This is a medical condition that occurs when a heavy impact shakes a person, causing their head to whip back and forth on their neck. This sort of violent motion can be extremely injurious to the structures of the neck, head and spine.

The American Chiropractic Association released a report indicating that whiplash was known to often result in strain- or sprain-type injuries to the neck and the head. The head is held in place on the neck by a series of ligaments, and whiplash has the potential to pull or tear them. The facet joints in the back of the neck are especially vulnerable to this sort of damage, as are the ligaments known as facet capsules that cover them. Tendons and muscles are also commonly strained and damaged during whiplash incidents, and the discs between the vertebrae have the potential to herniate. In the most harmful cases the nerves of the spinal cord and the bones of the vertebrae themselves are at risk.

Injuries from whiplash may present themselves in a wide variety of manners. It is not unusual for the effects of the whiplash injury to take a couple of days to show.

Whiplash is just one of many injuries that may result from a car collision. Someone who is injured in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by the negligence of another driver may be unable to return to work. A personal injury attorney can assess a client's situation and by an examination of the evidence make a determination of the remedies that may be available.

Source: American Chiropractic Association, , accessed on Feb. 14, 2015

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