Whiplash is a common injury after car accidents. It is also one that can be difficult to prove as the symptoms can often only appear a few days after an accident.
Therefore knowing how to detect whiplash symptoms is vital in order to get the medical help you need and to help make a claim.
What is whiplash?
The name whiplash refers to the nature of the injury. It involves the neck suddenly “whipping” backwards or forwards which is why it often occurs during a car accident.
This motion damages neck ligaments and tendons although it is not always clear immediately after the accident.
As well as car accidents other potential causes include:
- Blow to the head – for example if you play football or rugby and someone catches you with their elbow
- Slip or fall – specifically when you fall backwards and whip your head back
- Being hit on the head with a solid object – for example you work in a factory and a box comes loose and a heavy item in that box falls down and hits you on the head.
Counter-intuitive as it may seem, the best treatment is to keep the neck moving and not place it in a brace. You may also require painkillers like Ibuprofen and paracetamol in order to ease the symptoms.
It is unlikely you will need a scan as most doctors can diagnose whiplash from a description of symptoms and they will only scan if they feel there is a risk of fractures or brain injury as well as whiplash.
How to detect whiplash symptoms and report them
After a while you may feel the following:
- Stiffness in the neck
- Tenderness in the neck muscles
- Reduced ability to move your neck
- Pain whenever you try to move your neck
If you detect this combination of symptoms then you need to talk with your doctor or go to a hospital. Make sure you get details of your treatment as this can be important if you wish to make a claim for your injury to show that you have had medical recognition of your condition and furthermore that you have had treatment for it.
Why you need to contact Accident Advice Helpline
If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, we can help with your claim. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a car accident, it could equally be a slip or a fall.
With our expert legal representatives and over 13 years of experience we can discuss your claim in detail and help you decide if you want to pursue it.
With our help we can get you the compensation you deserve!
Date Published: October 15, 2013
Author: David Brown