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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

    Is whiplash exclusive to car accidents?

    Is whiplash exclusive to car accidents?

    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.

    Common symptoms

    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
    • Headaches

    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.

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    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

    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.