Whiplash injuries are a common outcome of motoring accidents. Resulting from sudden, forceful movement of the head – backwards, sideways or forwards – whiplash is, however, not only caused by car accidents.
Other incidents likely to cause whiplash
Sudden blows to the head, such as those inflicted when being hit by falling objects – when boxing or during a rugby tackle, for example – can also cause whiplash related injuries, as can slips, trips and falls.
With regards to car crash related whiplash, it should be noted that vehicle collisions at low speeds may be as responsible for whiplash injury as a high speed road traffic accident. This injury can affect both drivers and passengers and may be sustained whether a vehicle is hit on the side, the front or the back.
Often taking some time to develop, whiplash symptoms may include:
- Stiffness and pain in the neck
- Tenderness in the neck muscles
- Painful, reduced neck movement
As untreated whiplash can lead to more serious complications, it is important to look out for symptoms and seek medical assistance the moment they are detected.
When whiplash was not your fault
If another road user causes an accident on the road and you sustain a whiplash injury as a result, you could be entitled to claim for driver or passenger injury compensation. This also applies to slip, trip or fall injuries and other personal injuries caused by someone else.
When and how to claim
You must initiate your car accident claim or other personal injury claim within three years of the accident leading to your injury. Claims can be set into motion through Accident Advice Helpline, a law firm specialising in claims just like yours for many years.
About Accident Advice Helpline
This company is not a claims management company where claimants are referred to other companies, but a law firm with a nationwide team of skilled in-house lawyers. Operating strictly under no-win no-fee* agreements, our lawyers have all the skills, knowledge and experience to bring your passenger or driver injury claim to a successful and satisfactory conclusion.
How to contact us
We can be contacted online or via a Freephone helpline. This line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year round. Give us a ring and have an advisor explain how this law firm can help you quickly and hassle-free.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice