As consequences of road traffic accidents go, whiplash is far from the most serious. However, it is both a common and painful outcome.
When it comes to claiming for road accident compensation, whiplash injuries can be problematic. First of all, they tend to drum up negative, stereotypical images of claimants in a neck brace and secondly, the injury may not be all that obvious.
This in no way means that you shouldn’t claim following whiplash injuries, quite the opposite in fact. It simply means you need to make sure your claim is backed up by medical records and qualified examinations.
Whiplash injuries can more accurately be referred to as:
– Injuries to the soft tissue in the neck
– A neck strain or sprain
– A neck flexion or extension injury
– An acceleration or deceleration injury
Whiplash injuries are caused by sudden and extreme pressure exerted on the neck in a forward or backward direction, hence why they are a regular feature of accidents on the road, even if the vehicle crash initially didn’t seem particularly severe.
Symptoms of whiplash injuries include:
– General stiffness and little mobility in the neck
– Problems with balance
– Feelings of numbness in the neck
– Dull aches and pains in the neck
– Back pain
Most whiplash injuries from traffic accidents are unlikely to appear on initial diagnostic exams such as x-rays and MRI scans, so it is important you return to hospital for treatment should you experience any of the above symptoms.
The size of your settlement is likely to be dependent on a number of factors. These include:
– The seriousness of your injuries: Are you claiming for whiplash injuries only, or were there additional consequences of your road accident such as broken bones?
– The depth and level of medical treatment required: Was it one trip to A&E, or numerous appointments with various specialists?
– The outlook: Is a complete recovery likely to be quick or are you looking at long-lasting, even permanent, symptoms?
– The impact: To what extent do your car crash injuries limit the things you do in everyday life?
– The blame: Was the accident blatantly the fault of another motorist?
Accident Advice Helpline can establish the strength and validity of your case via a 24-hour Freephone advice line. From there, they can use their years of experience to probably settle your road accident injury claim outside of court. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.