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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

    Evanescence guitarist incurs whiplash-induced stroke


    Whiplash is a condition that is normally associated with road traffic accidents. Whiplash occurs when the neck suffers a violent movement forwards, backwards or to the side.

    Did you know, however, that whiplash can occur in other ways and can lead to other injuries? In this case we take a look at Terry Balsamo, the guitarist from world-renowned rock band Evanescence.

    Terry Balsamo’s stroke

    In November 2005, Terry Balsamo suffered a whiplash-induced stroke that doctors believe was brought on by a blood clot in the arteries in the neck as the result of head banging on stage.

    What happened leading up to the accident?

    Balsamo awoke one morning after a session in the recording studio to find that his body had suddenly become paralysed. The pain was excruciating and Balsamo was admitted to hospital.

    Did he make a recovery?

    After intense therapy, Balsamo has made a partial recovery from the effects of the stroke. He is now able to play guitar again and has joined Evanescence on tour as well as recording new music for the band. He still suffers from pain and reduced movement in his left arm.

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    Balsamo has surprised his doctors, many of him believed that he would never again be able to play guitar.

    Making a claim for whiplash

    Although whiplash most often occurs as the result of a car accident, the above case demonstrates that it is possible to suffer a whiplash injury from other sources. It is also possible to develop whiplash as the result of a sport’s injury in contact sports such as rugby and boxing.

    If you’ve suffered from whiplash within the last three years due to an incident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

    Why choose Accident Advice Helpline?

    At Accident Advice Helpline, we boast over 15 years’ experience in all areas of personal injury compensation including road traffic collisions. Our expert legal team work right across the UK and could help you to claim compensation.

    All claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee basis meaning that you won’t be out of pocket in the event that your claim for compensation is unsuccessful. The majority of our claims are settled outside court, meaning that many of our clients will never even have to set foot in a courtroom.

    Contact us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information. Our lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week, and are staffed by friendly, professional advisers.

    Date Published: March 2, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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