Here’s a quick challenge for you. How can you sustain whiplash? Most people would respond by saying you could be injured in this way in a car accident. That’s correct, but did you know you can get whiplash from falling as well?
This is less common, but no less painful for those who are unfortunate enough to get it in this way. Whiplash occurs when the soft tissues of the neck are strained. This happens when the head is jerked forwards or sideways suddenly, and the neck is forced beyond its usual range of motion. This can happen very easily during a fall, especially if you fall awkwardly. If your head moves suddenly in a direction it’s not used to, muscles, tendons and ligaments in the neck can easily be pulled further than they should be.
Can you get compensation if you receive whiplash from falling?
In this situation, it depends on how and why you fell. For instance, if you simply weren’t looking where you were going, you may have ended up falling over. This would likely be your fault. However, if you were walking along normally and tripped over a raised paving stone, or fell awkwardly because you caught your foot in a pothole, this might be deemed to be due to negligence on the part of a third party.
Falls can potentially happen in a wide variety of places and circumstances. If you fell at work, did this happen because there were inadequate health and safety procedures in place to prevent such a fall? If you slipped and fell on a slippery floor in a shopping centre, were there signs in place to warn you of the slippery floor or not? These questions must be answered to see whether there is a chance to make a potential claim.
We can help you find out more
Accidents can lead to nasty injuries, and whiplash could potentially affect you for some weeks or even months, depending on how bad it is. The first step to finding out how to claim is to give our team a call on 0800 689 0500. Accident Advice Helpline always assists people about possible whiplash claims – however the injury was sustained.
You can ring us from a mobile phone too, on 0333 500 0993. We’re ready to answer any questions regarding whiplash from falling, so speak to us now.
Date Published: November 7, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead