Whiplash is a neck injury which occurs after a sudden impact throwing your neck forwards, backwards, or sideways damages the tendons and ligaments of the neck. It very often occurs after traffic accidents, and can be affected by the seat and head rest design of the vehicle.
Whiplash is usually a ‘self-limiting’ condition, which means it usually gets better over time without treatment, but more rarely it can also develop into a chronic condition causing severe pain for six months or longer. This constant severe pain can itself contribute to psychological conditions including stress and depression.
Professions in which whiplash is common
Whiplash is a common injury for anyone who has to drive regularly as part of their job including delivery drivers, taxi drivers, long-haul lorry drivers, motorbike couriers, and paramedics. In most cases, professional drivers who have been injured in a road accident should claim for personal injury compensation from the driver who caused the accident, just as any other regular driver would.
However, if you believe your accident was caused by a faulty or poorly maintained vehicle, it may be more appropriate to claim for compensation from your employer. This may more often be the case when your faulty vehicle has caused the accident. If this is the case, then a mechanic should be able to confirm that your vehicle was faulty before the accident took place, and explain exactly how this fault could have caused the accident.
Claiming for whiplash compensation from your employer
Even though whiplash often gets better without treatment, it’s still essential to visit either your doctor or a hospital to confirm that this is your diagnosis and to have this officially recorded if you’re thinking of claiming personal injury compensation. For more information about this legal provision and about whether or not your accident was likely due to employer negligence, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm, and we have been helping others in similar situations win the compensation they deserve for over thirteen years now. We specialise in personal injury compensation cases, which we take on with a no win, no fee agreement. We firmly believe that cases should be carried out with the minimum of hassle to the claimant themselves, and usually we are able to work entirely over the telephone. Only in rare cases will a claimant ever have to attend court personally.
Date Published: November 24, 2013
Author: David Brown