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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Guide to signs of passenger whiplash

    One of the major signs of a road traffic accident is the devastating effect of whiplash. If you have been part of an accident on the road which was not your responsibility then you could have the right to a road accident claim.

    Whiplash is described as a sudden extension or movement of the spinal cord. This can be thanks to a sudden jolt backwards of the neck or a flexion which is when your neck moves forward. Below you will find an extensive guide of how to spot passenger whiplash.

    Passenger whiplash after an accident on the road causing a neck sprain

    This is considered to be one of the most common forms of injury sustained after a road traffic accident. Some of the symptoms to watch out for include;

    • Damage to ligaments in the neck caused by a vehicle crashing from behind
    • Pains travelling directly down the arm known as radiculopathy.
    • Headaches.
    • Discomfort between the shoulder blades.

    Lower back pain from passenger whiplash

    This can also occur, especially after a vehicle collides at the back. This is when the vertebrae in the spinal cord is damaged, bruised or pulled as part of the actual passenger whiplash injury.

    Jaw pain

    Another common injury sustained as a result of many road traffic accidents is damage to your jaw via the temporomandibular joint. This can also lead to aggravating headaches. This particular bone structure forms part of the lower jaw and is directly connected to your main hinge bone at the side of the face. Any pain you may suffer is known as TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder whilst swallowing may even prove difficult.

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    Other tell-tale signs of passenger whiplash include dizzy spells, loss of balance and even blurred vision. This is all connected to the neck joints and if you feel any of these symptoms it is important to notify a doctor as soon as possible.

    Other causes

    Some of the other indications you need to take into consideration feature;

    • Slight numbness or a tingling sensation.
    • Exhaustion.
    • Lack of concentration.
    • Forgetfulness.
    • Potential mood swings.

    What to do next

    After road traffic accidents take place, it is not unusual for your symptoms to develop after a few days. Disk injuries and inflammation may even appear after a longer period – sometimes months.

    Accident Advice Helpline will be able to advise on whether or not you can make a road accident claim. With the majority of claims done over the phone, you can talk to one of their expert advisers, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.

    Date Published: November 3, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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