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
Less common symptoms of this type of personal injury may consist of:
- Blurred vision
- Muscle spasms
- Lower back pain
- Pins and needles, pain and/or numbness in the arms/hands
In some cases, a whiplash injury may also cause irritability, poor concentration and/or memory loss.
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.
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.
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