Whiplash is usually caused by car collisions when the neck and head are forced backward and then forward in a very fast motion under an extreme amount of stress. It is very common when rear ended in a collision or when you experience extreme acceleration-deceleration motions like roller coasters and bungie jumping. According to the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, approximately 15 to 40 percent of those injured in automobile collisions will deal with chronic pain for the rest of their life. Many people think that whiplash injuries are not serious, but the longest-running study of whiplash sufferers, done by the Accident Analysis & Prevention journal, found that almost 20 years after their injury, more than fifty percent of those injured still dealt with chronic pain. Whiplash symptoms are not always immediate and are usually associated with neck pain or stiffness, upper-back or shoulder pain, headaches, and weakness or a numbing sensation radiating down the arm. Whiplash can range from mild to serious with long-lasting effects that can easily lead to missing work due to pain and possibly losing employment. If you have symptoms of whiplash from a collision, you should see a doctor immediately and contact an experienced attorney that can help you through this difficult time in your life. Samples Ames would be honored to be the law firm you turn to in such a time.