What is Whiplash and how is it caused?
Whiplash is caused when someone suffers from a sudden jolt to their head or body, this action can damage the muscles, tendons, ligaments or other soft tissues in or around the neck.
Whiplash is very common in road traffic incidents as any sudden braking or impact causes this sudden jolt, in fact when we hear the word “whiplash” we automatically think of someone who has been involved in a car accident; however, whiplash can be caused by many different situations including slips, trips and falls, sports injuries and even surprisingly assaults and attacks.
If you have suffered a whiplash injury and would like to know if you can make a personal injury claim for compensation, then contact us on 0844 499 9302 or complete our short claim form.
How whiplash can affect you
Anyone that has ever suffered from whiplash will know that it can cause a huge amount of pain; you are also highly likely to suffer from stiffness and restriction of movement in the neck area; in some cases it can also cause headaches, muscle spasms and pain in the shoulders or arms.
In more serious cases of whiplash there could also be swelling, back pain, pins and needles in the arms, hands or fingers, dizziness, lethargy and even nausea.
In most cases, the injured person may not develop symptoms of whiplash immediately after their accident, indeed the full symptoms of whiplash could develop over a day or two after the initial incident and may get worse over a period of time before starting to ease and get better.
The severity of a whiplash injury can vary greatly from individual to individual, and while some people are lucky enough to make a full recovery within a few days or weeks, others can be left with symptoms and pain from their whiplash injury for months or (in some cases) even years.
How to treat your whiplash injury
Treatment for Whiplash varies from person to person, many of us just take a few painkillers and put up with the discomfort until the body manages to heal itself.
For any potential whiplash you could see your GP as soon as possible, but in the meantime, painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs are often useful; ice packs can be used to help reduce any swelling.
Resting any injured neck is advisable to begin with; however, you may find that your GP may suggest a series of gentle exercises to prevent the areas affected from stiffening up.
Whiplash caused by a Road Traffic Accident
Car Accidents and Whiplash Injuries
Because of the way they occur, whiplash is the most common type of injury sustained following a road traffic accident of any description. If you were involved in a road traffic incident that wasn’t your fault and you suffered whiplash from it, then you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim.
The claim will against the insurance company of the driver that was at fault, if you are unfortunate enough to be hit by an uninsured driver, or you are the victim of a hit-and-run, then we can still get you the compensation you deserve from the MIB (Motor Insurers Bureau).
Making a Whiplash claim
It couldn’t be simpler, complete our simple personal injury claim form and we’ll do the rest for you.One of our legal experts will contact you to discuss the incident and then we’ll get cracking with your case.
More information can also be found in this whiplash article.