If you have ever been in a car accident, you may have experienced whiplash. This occurs when the car stops suddenly and the body is held in place by the seatbelt. However, since the head and neck are not supported in position in the same way, the head continues forwards, jerking the neck and causing whiplash. While not everyone experiences it (the speed of the crash can influence the outcome and whether or not whiplash occurs), those that do usually want to know the average recovery time for whiplash.
How long does it take to recover from this injury?
Accident Advice Helpline decided to put together a survey revolving around the subject of whiplash, to see what people thought about various statements. The first statement people were presented with was this: “The average whiplash recovery time is a week.” Perhaps not surprisingly, three-quarters of people thought this was incorrect, with just 25% believing it to be true.
In reality though, the average recovery time is longer, at 32 days. This means you could suffer from the effects of whiplash for a full month after the accident that leaves you with it in the first place. This figure was gleaned from a study that involved 2,627 people, where the average recovery time for whiplash was mentioned as 32 days. This was reported on the NHS website.
Have you been in a car accident recently?
Anyone who suffers whiplash in a car accident when that accident is not their fault has the chance to claim compensation as a result. Compensation is calculated according to the severity of the injuries, so someone with long-term chronic whiplash would typically receive a higher payment than someone whose whiplash was resolved within a month.
Of course, every case is different. If you call us here at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, you can see whether there is a chance to make a no win, no fee* claim for compensation. Even if your accident isn’t recent, you could still claim if it was within the last three years. Make sure you call us today to determine where you stand, and whether you might be in a good position to claim for your injuries. If someone else was negligent and drove into your car, for example, this could put you in a strong position to make a claim.