Whiplash is a neck injury often experienced following car accidents. Caused by neck tendons and muscles being stretched rapidly beyond their normal stretch limits, symptoms can include neck and/ or shoulder pains, bruising, and swelling. Some accident victims may also experience headaches and/ or nausea. Whiplash is also often referred to by medical personnel as acceleration-deceleration injury; hyperextension injury; cervical myofascial pain syndrome, or cervical sprain.
Late whiplash syndrome
Under normal circumstances, cervical sprain injuries recover within a comparatively short time, ranging between a couple of days to a few weeks, depending on the severity of the accidental injury. Chronic or late whiplash syndrome essentially refers to the presence of persistent symptoms for six months or more. Often, chronic hyperextension injuries also count back aches and severe headaches among their symptoms.
More often than not, acceleration-deceleration injuries are the result of traffic accidents. Both drivers and passengers may be affected, and it is necessary to seek medical attention even if no injuries can be detected to begin with. This allows whiplash injuries to be detected and treated as soon as possible, preventing this personal injury from worsening and becoming chronic.
Drivers and passengers of vehicles involved in accidents may be able to claim for personal injury compensation if the accident was someone else’s fault and happened some time during the last three years.
Passengers, by the way, can claim for compensation whether their accidental injury happens in a taxi, bus or train; plane, boat, or personally owned vehicle.
Claiming injury compensation
If you suffer from late whiplash syndrome due to an accident that was not your responsibility, call Accident Advice Helpline to find out whether you are eligible to claim. Calls to their Freephone number on 0800 689 0500 -which is available every day for 24 hours – are confidential and will put you under no obligation to pursue a claim or use this law firm to do so.
It is, however, definitely recommended to use this law firm, because the legal partners of Accident Advice Helpline have successfully settled compensation claims for members of the public for 13 years. What’s more, all claims handled by this company are worked under no-win, no-fee, or conditional fee agreements. This, of course, means you pay nothing in solicitor fees until your compensation is paid, at which point the company will deduct a percentage of the payable amount to cover all costs.
Date Published: January 28, 2014
Author: David Brown