Whiplash can occur in many different forms and severities. The main cause of whiplash is a sudden jerking movement of the head often associated with car crashes.
How does a car collision cause whiplash?
When a car collides with another vehicle causing a road traffic accident often the driver is pushed forward especially if the impact is behind them. This causes their neck to be jerked forward in the crash thus potentially causing whiplash.
Depending on the severity of the whiplash this can cause, at minimum, an uncomfortable neck for a day or two, to severe pain or injury, which requires a neck brace for support.
How can whiplash be treated?
If the pain is only minimal since the car accident you can take pain killers to ease the ache and rest your neck whenever possible. However, if the pain is severe and long lasting then you should seek professional medical advice.
In the case that you have sustained a long term or chronic condition, they may prescribe physiotherapy to help with the pain but it is important to keep it immobile and well supported to aid recovery.
The majority of treatments recommended by medical professionals are usually in the form of self care as the neck needs time to heal naturally. This means good posture, supportive pillows in bed and some gentle neck exercises to keep the neck immobile after your car accident.
Whiplash injury compensation
Unfortunately, in many cases traffic accidents are something that are unavoidable. If you have been involved in a road traffic accident and have been injured or had whiplash and it wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a car crash claim.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with 15 years’ experience in helping our clients win the compensation they deserve. Our team of lawyers will help you through the claims process, making it as easy and stress-free as possible and may even be able to settle the case without you having to step foot in a court room.
To find out if you could be eligible to make a road traffic accident claim or any claim speak to one of our helpful advisers on Freephone number 0800 689 0500. Alternatively, take the simple 30-second compensation calculator test to find out how much compensation you could claim.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice