Austin Car Accident Neck Injury Symptoms

Car accidents are all too common, and neck injuries just come with the territory. However, that small pain in your neck could turn out to be something much worse than you realize if you aren't aware of potential symptoms. You need to know what to look for so you're able to get the proper treatment as quickly as possible. Neck pain can take a day or more to make an appearance, so don't assume that just because you feel okay immediately following the accident that you're in the clear. 

Whiplash 

Also called neck strain or neck sprain, whiplash is the most common complaint after a car accident because your head jerks quickly at the point of impact. Symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Neck and shoulder pain/stiffness
  • Headache
  • Jaw pain
  • Dizziness

Herniated Disc

This is when a disc from your spinal cord bulges or breaks open. It is also called a slipped or ruptured disc. You may have a herniated disc if you are exhibiting these symptoms:

  • Pain or numbness in the arms, chest, or shoulders 
  • Possible tingling in other parts of your body, if injuries are severe 

Neck Fracture

A neck fracture is another way of saying that you have a broken neck. Broken necks are very serious, and if you have even the slightest feeling that yours may be fractured, you should get to a doctor right away. They have the experience to examine and treat your injury. 

  • Swelling 
  • Bruising
  • Limb numbness
  • Inability to walk

If you are suffering from a neck injury as a result of a someone else's negligence in a car accident, you deserve to have an experienced attorney represent you. Contact Austin car accident attorney Earl Straight today at 512-454-1331.