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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Most common causes of whiplash


    Most common causes of whiplash

    While whiplash injuries are usually comparatively short lived, a small percentage of sufferers may experience symptoms for up to six months or longer. At this point, it is likely for the condition to become chronic. Common whiplash symptoms include:

    • Stiffness/pain in the neck
    • Tenderness of neck muscles
    • Painful, reduced neck movement
    • Headaches

    Less common symptoms of this type of personal injury may consist of:

    • Blurred vision
    • Dizziness
    • Muscle spasms
    • Lower back pain
    • Tiredness
    • Pins and needles, pain and/or numbness in the arms/hands
    • Vertigo

    In some cases, a whiplash injury may also cause irritability, poor concentration and/or memory loss.

    Road traffic accidents

    By far the most common cause of whiplash injuries is being involved in a traffic accident. Even at very low speeds and when wearing seatbelts, drivers and passengers may be affected by whiplash.

    Other causes of whiplash injuries

    Sporting injuries; being hit by falling objects or violent physical assault have also been known to result in whiplash. Sudden direction changes can also result in the neck being strained sufficiently to cause whiplash. Such sudden changes may occur on roller coasters or during minor cycling accidents, for example.

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    Slips, trips and falls

    Injuries by slipping, tripping or falling may also include whiplash, as can being violently shaken (as in child abuse, for instance, which can also cause serious damage to the child’s spinal cord and/or brain).

    Repetitive strain injury

    Repetitive strain injuries related to the neck, such as, for example, regularly holding a telephone with the neck may also cause non-acute whiplash.

    Car accident claims

    If you suffered whiplash or any other injury by vehicle accident through no fault on your part, you may be entitled to passenger or driver injury compensation. This obviously also applies to individuals injured by cycling accidents; slips, falls or trips and other accidents. Claims can be started by contacting one of the friendly advisors manning the freephone helpline (which is open 24/7) of Accident Advice Helpline.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    This company, a law firm specialising in personal injury compensation claims for many years now, offers to assist potential claimants in claiming for compensation on a no win no fee* basis. Calls to the company are strictly confidential, as are all conversations with the firm’s legal team, which consists of experienced, skilled compensation lawyers who can often get claims settled without the need for court hearings (this can, however, not be guaranteed due to the varying nature of individual claims).

    Date Published: July 8, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.