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Like most motorists in the Oklahoma City area, you drive carefully. While staying off your cell phone, obeying traffic lights and watching for careless drivers increases your chances of staying safe on the road, you may not be able to avoid an accident forever. If another motorist hits your vehicle, you could sustain serious injuries that may plague you for the rest of your life. 

If you swap paint with another car, you may think you feel fine. You should realize, though, not all injuries show up immediately. In fact, you may not realize you have sustained an injury until hours, days or even weeks after an accident. As such, you should always seek medical treatment to ensure you receive proper care and protect your legal rights. One specific condition you should watch out for is whiplash. 

What is whiplash? 

The Mayo Clinic recognizes whiplash as a serious condition that often appears after automobile accidents. If you notice any of the following, you may have whiplash: 

  •         Pain in your neck
  •         Blurry vision
  •         Nausea
  •         Stiffness in your neck
  •         Dizziness
  •         Balance issues
  •         Headaches
  •         Ear ringing 

Whiplash does not always present itself in the same way. That is, you may have symptoms that do not appear on the above list. You may even feel depressed. To boost your chances of recovering from the condition, you must listen to your body. If you do not feel well, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately. 

What should you do if you have whiplash? 

If you developed whiplash following an automobile accident, you may be in for a long recovery. You may also expect to pay significant medical costs. If you want to receive compensation for your injuries, you must be proactive. That is, you must seek medical treatment and follow your doctor’s orders. You must also be sure you act responsibly at the accident scene

With luck, you may never have to worry about sustaining a head or neck injury in a car wreck. If you do find yourself in the middle of an accident, you should be watchful in case the symptoms of whiplash develop.