Whiplash Injuries and Children in Accidents

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Adults aren't the only ones who can suffer a whiplash injury as a result of a rear-end collision. Children can also be affected. Unfortunately, only a few studies have focused on children and whiplash injuries as a result of car accidents.

Children and Whiplash

Part of the problem involved in studying and diagnosing whiplash in children is that depending on their ages, children may not be able to express themselves clearly, if at all. Some of the signs that a child has a whiplash injury may include: 

  • Nightmares;
  • Mood changes; and
  • Sleep disturbances. 


The older the child is, the more likely the child is going to be able to clearly articulate their physical symptoms of whiplash, including 

  • Headaches;
  • Dizziness;
  • Difficulties in concentrating;
  • Tiredness;
  • Blurred vision; and
  • Stiff neck and shoulders. 


As with adults, whiplash symptoms may not be apparent directly following an accident but may appear in the days and weeks following the crash.

It is important to have your child examined by a physician after a car accident, but especially a rear end collision. Your child's doctor will help you decide on the proper course of treatment to help relieve your child's pain.

If you or your child has whiplash injuries as a result of a West Virginia car accident, make sure that you document your injuries and any damage to your vehicle. Keep copies of all of your medical and rehabilitation-related bills. You should also contact an experienced Clarksburg personal injury attorney to discuss the merits of your case. A reputable lawyer will be honest and upfront about the type of damages, if any, that you may be able to recover as a result of your car accident.

For more information about whiplash injuries, please visit our article library. 

 

2 Comments
I think the key part of this article is that the symptoms may not appear for days or weeks following the accident. Many people think that they're fine and don't do anything when the symptoms begin, thinking that it's too late.
by Leah M December 22, 2011 at 01:22 PM
Blurred vision is a tell-tale sign of serious damage, this warrants a trip to a doctor to get a neurological exam.
by ben Baker September 13, 2010 at 01:10 AM
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