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Whiplash is sometimes a disabling neck injury

Many people in Newark have had their lives affected by a neck injury. Neck injuries can run the gamut between being a minor inconvenience and a severely incapacitating event. Neck-injury sufferers may find that they are not able to work due to the negative effects of their injury. This blog post will provide a quick rundown of whiplash, a common form of neck injury that can have lasting effects.

Whiplash can happen when the neck is subjected to a forceful and rapid back-and-forth motion. Whiplash can be the result of physical trauma such as a rear-end car accident, sports injury or physical abuse. Signs and symptoms of whiplash can include headaches and neck pain and stiffness. Physicians often order a regimen of pain medication, exercise and other forms of treatment to people suffering whiplash. In most cases, whiplash patients recover after a few months.

Not everyone who suffers a whiplash injury recovers so quickly, however. Some patients experience chronic neck pain and other complications. This can go on for months and even years for some patients. Although every case of whiplash is different, some whiplash victims may find that they are not able to go back to work after their injury.

When a person suffers an injury - such as whiplash or another neck injury - and they are unable to return to work, they may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. SSD benefits may be available for those living with disabling conditions. Navigating the SSD claims process can be a daunting undertaking. Many find it helpful to have an experienced advocate shepherding them through the claims process.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Whiplash," accessed on Nov. 28, 2016

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