Hollywood has done a good job of making certain issues seem trivial. One of them is whiplash. People tend to make fun of this injury and make it seem as if it is no big deal. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Any injury that could potentially affect a Minnesota resident's spinal cord should always be taken seriously.
Whiplash occurs when the head and neck are violently thrown back and forth as in a rear-end collision. Most people already know that neck pain is the primary indicator of whiplash. However, other symptoms often accompany it such as headache, the inability to turn the head from side to side and pain in the shoulders and upper back. A person could also experience numbness, weakness and tingling in the arms.
If problems with coordination or balance arise, that could indicate a more severe case of whiplash. In addition, if a Minnesota resident has trouble sleeping, experiences radical changes in behavior or other mental issues, it could signify a much more serious issue. The problem is that a stiff neck in the hours or days after an accident may not reveal the true nature of the injury. It is always a good idea to seek medical attention after an accident.
Whiplash is not a condition to take lightly. What may start out as a simple pain in the neck could end up being a serious spinal cord injury. It could also signal a traumatic brain injury since the brain is thrown around inside the skull during the violent movement of the head and neck during an accident. The medical expenses and other financial losses associated with whiplash could be significant. It may be worthwhile to find out whether filing a personal injury claim would be appropriate under the circumstances.