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Whiplash injuries can cause serious complications in life. These injuries are often the brunt of jokes, but there isn't really anything funny about them. Whiplash is a neck injury that can lead to pain and difficulty moving.

Car accidents are a common cause of whiplash because of the violent motions associated with the crash. The head and neck often move in uncontrolled manners during these crashes. This can damage the neck muscles, ligaments and other structures in the neck.

Whiplash causes neck pain, dizziness, headaches and other symptoms. In some cases, they can also lead to memory troubles and difficulty concentrating. These symptoms are caused by the damage to the neck. More severe whiplash can lead to more serious symptoms.

There isn't any easy cure for whiplash. Instead, you have to allow the injury to heal on its own. You may have to wear a neck brace, which is known as a cervical collar. Physical therapy and chiropractic visits might also be necessary.

It is crucial that you have a medical evaluation if you have a neck injury. Without treatment now, you might be at risk for more serious back or neck injuries later.

If you suffer from whiplash in a car accident, you might decide that you are going to seek compensation for the injury. This is something that will require you to do some work since you will have to show that the other driver was negligent and that the negligence caused the accident. You also have to tie your injuries to the accident, which is sometimes possible through using medical records of the injury.

Source: FindLaw, "Whiplash-Related Injuries," accessed March 17, 2017

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