Whiplash is a common injury experienced by drivers and passengers involved in traffic accidents. Caused by forceful flexing or extending of neck ligaments and tension beyond normal limits as a result of sudden breaking and/ or forceful impacts, whiplash symptoms often do not develop for anything between 6 and 12 hours after an accident.
Symptoms of whiplash injuries
Some of the most common whiplash symptoms to look out for after being involved in a vehicle accident include stiffness/ pain of/ in the neck; tenderness throughout the neck muscles; painful, often reduced neck movement, and headaches. A day or two after the accident, bruising and/ or inflammation of the neck muscles may also be experienced.
Less common symptoms may consist of:
- Pain in the lower back
- Numbness; pins and needles and/ or pain in hands and/ or arms
- Muscle spasms
- Blurred vision
Blurred vision, dizziness and headaches should not last for long. If they do persist, seeking medical attention is recommended. In some cases, whiplash injuries may also cause irritability, poor concentration and/ or memory loss.
Long-term effects of road traffic accidents
Whiplash injuries can occur in motorcycle or car accidents; accidents on fairgrounds (bumper cars are particularly well known for impacts causing whiplash), on trains or buses, even on high powered boats. Under normal circumstances, these accidental injuries tend to improve within a few days. More severe injuries of this type may take several weeks, even months to get better. In some instances, especially if persistent whiplash has been ignored, the condition may become chronic. In addition to the aforementioned symptoms, chronic whiplash may also give rise to anxiety, depression and other emotional or psychological problems.
If you suffered a temporary or chronic whiplash injury in an accident caused by another road user, you may be able to claim for compensation. In order to be eligible to claim, your injury must have been the result of an accident that happened within no more than three years before claiming.
Accident Advice Helpline
Find out whether you can claim driver or passenger injury compensation for your whiplash injury by calling Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500. Calls are free and confidential, and all claims are dealt with by experienced legal Accident Advice Helpline lawyers on a no win, no fee basis. In most instances, claims are conducted virtually entirely over the phone, and often, claimants never even have to go to court to get their rightful compensation.
Date Published: January 13, 2014
Author: David Brown