Some people are cynical about whiplash; it has developed a reputation as a condition which is frequently exaggerated. However it is something that is very real and very painful. In order to know how to make a claim if you suffer from whiplash, it helps to know what it is and what the symptoms look like.
What is whiplash?
As the name suggests whiplash is a physical motion where the neck whips back. It is often associated with car accidents as this is often when people can be shunted and the force makes the motion happen.
However it can equally occur if someone trips over and fall backwards. For other people it can happen because they try to stop themselves falling over and end up whipping their neck back as they do so.
How can you spot it?
The problem with whiplash (and what often complicates compensation claims) is that the symptoms are not always immediately apparent. You may get up from an accident feeling fine and have no awareness of the condition. The problem comes when the symptoms show themselves hours or even days after the original incident.
The neck becomes stiff and it can be hard to move it. This can also result in pain and severe headaches. Often the condition needs fairly basic treatment or you may be prescribed painkillers.
Can you claim for it?
Whether or not you can claim compensation depends on how you got the injury. For example, if you are running to go to the shops and you fall over then you can’t really blame anyone else for it. However if you are in the supermarket and a wet floor is not clearly marked and you suffer an injury then you ought to be able to claim because it is the responsibility of the supermarket to clarify that there is a potential trip hazard.
If you are injured in a car accident then it needs to be proven that the injury occurred as a result of the other driver involved not taking due care and attention and that their actions led to the injury.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline has been handling compensation claims for over 13 years. We have been praised for our customer service and helpful advice we give people, regardless of whether or not they choose to pursue a claim. For the last ten years, we have also been endorsed by Esther Rantzen, whose television career has been built on championing consumer rights.
If you would like more information or want to ask specific questions about making a whiplash claim, contact us today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0933 from a mobile phone. The line is open 24 hours a day.