Most people associate whiplash with an injury to the neck. More specifically, it is a sprain of the neck caused when the person suffers an impact, whether it is in a car accident or a fall. You wouldn’t normally think of getting whiplash lower back pain in a similar accident.
However, some people do suffer complications from whiplash, and these can include associated symptoms affecting the upper back and the lower back regions. This varies from one person to the next; also, women are more likely to get whiplash in the first place. The more severe the impact was, the more likely it could potentially be for someone to have other symptoms related to the back as well as the neck. As you can imagine, these symptoms can prevent some people from doing everyday tasks, as well as making it hard to rest and sleep at night. Some people claim for injuries, too.
How bad can whiplash lower back pain be?
It depends how bad the injury was originally. It’s common not to realise you have whiplash until the day after your accident. When symptoms do present themselves, they can be quite painful. Stiffness in the affected areas, from the neck through to the upper and even the lower back, can be present. You may also feel muscle spasms and an inability to do most of the things you took for granted before your accident.
Despite the pain, it is important to maintain some mobility in this situation. Do make sure you see your GP to properly diagnose your condition, and to make sure your injuries are noted on your records. This may make it easier to lodge a compensation claim if the time comes.
Has that time come for you?
Most people don’t think of the possibility of compensation immediately following an accident. Yet with a three-year window in which to make a claim, there is plenty of time to consider this later.
If you are suffering from whiplash lower back pain and you want to know if you are entitled to receive compensation, you should ring Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible. You can call us on one of two numbers – 0800 689 0500 from any landline, and 0333 500 0993 if you’re using a mobile phone. Our team is ready to see if they can help you make a claim.
Category: Back injury claim