Whiplash is the most common injury sustained after a car crash, but it can also be caused by sports injuries, slips, trips and falls or even an assault. When your head suddenly jolts forwards then backwards, it can damage the tendons, muscles and ligaments in your neck.
Symptoms of whiplash can include muscle spasms, headaches and pain and stiffness in the neck, and movement may also be restricted. Pain can also occur in the shoulders and arms. Serious cases could lead to back pain, nausea, lethargy and pins and needles in the hands, fingers or arms. Symptoms generally take a day or two to develop after an accident, so you may not be aware that you’re suffering from whiplash straight away. Symptoms can also get worse before they get better, and whilst some people recover quickly, others experience pain and symptoms for months or even years afterwards.
Treatment for whiplash
It’s important to seek medical attention after your car accident, particularly if you are experiencing whiplash symptoms. Whilst it’s usually a case of waiting for your whiplash to heal, you can use ice packs and pain killers to ease discomfort, and gentle neck exercises suggested by your GP can also help to prevent the area locking up.
Claiming compensation for whiplash
As whiplash is such a common injury, it’s one which most personal injury lawyers will have seen before. Accident Advice Helpline is experienced in dealing with personal injury claims following a car accident, but even if your whiplash was the result of a fall or assault, we may be able to help. Our 30-second test (available on the website) will tell you how much you could claim, and we’ll normally be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether your claim is viable, so pick up the phone and call our freephone number today on 0800 689 0500; we’re open 24/7.
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Most claims can normally be processed in full over the phone, so if you’re feeling anxious about the prospect of attending court, there’s no need to worry as this is unlikely to happen. What’s more, we offer a 100% no win, no fee* service, as we believe you should get to keep as much of the compensation you’re awarded as possible. There’s no point in delaying when you could find out right now whether you can claim – just give us a call.
Date Published: December 19, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Whiplash claims