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Car accidents often cause hidden whiplash injuries

Motorists in Oklahoma and across the nation face similar hazards whenever they take to the roads. Car accidents happen in the blink of an eye, and no one knows whether they will encounter drunk, distracted or speeding drivers. Getting a medical evaluation soon after a crash is essential, for not only those who intend to pursue claims to recover damages, but also to make sure they have no hidden injuries.

Whiplash injuries are often overlooked in the immediate aftermath of an accident. Without a medical examination, injuries can manifest over time, only to cause chronic pain, which might never be linked to the crash. The impact of a collision causes the rapid whipping motion of the head, potentially causing a variety of injuries that might not be immediately evident.

Signs and symptoms to look out for include stiffness and pain in the neck and shoulders, blurred vision and headache. Also of concern are fatigue, dizziness and ringing in the ears. Numbness and pain in the shoulders and arms may indicate more severe injuries.

Going for a medical examination will start the documentation of the injuries after car accidents, and victims will also have proof of the link between their medical issues and the crash. Depending on the severity of the injuries, wage losses often exacerbate the financial consequences. An experienced Oklahoma personal injury attorney can explain the various options to pursue recovery of documented monetary damages, and advocate for the crash victim in dealing with insurance providers and throughout any ensuing legal proceedings.