You’ve no doubt heard of whiplash, and how people can often sustain it when they’re in a road accident while in a vehicle of some sort. Seatbelts are essential to prevent people from going through the windscreen and sustaining potentially life-threatening injuries. However, as the seatbelt locks, there’s nothing to prevent the head from continuing forwards at the moment of impact. This is why whiplash occurs, as it describes what is essentially a sprained neck. Some people might have a whiplash x-ray if they end up in hospital as a result of their injuries.
However, more minor cases often see the injured person going to their GP rather than seeking emergency treatment. It is always a good idea to see your GP if you’ve had a car crash and developed pain and stiffness in your neck. They will be able to confirm the diagnosis of whiplash if you present with typical symptoms.
Will I have to go for a whiplash x-ray?
Not usually, no. A doctor can typically diagnose the condition by an examination, and by asking you a number of routine questions. Once this is complete, they will probably be able to confirm what you suspected.
Some cases will require an x-ray, but this tends to be in situations where the GP suspects you might have fractured a bone or have some other injury as well. The good news is you don’t have to have a whiplash x-ray in order to make a claim to seek some compensation.
What should you do next?
It’s hard to know where to begin when you’ve been hurt in a road accident and you’re wondering what to do next. You’ll have insurance concerns to deal with, not to mention the shock and pain you’ll have experienced as a consequence of what happened. Making a claim could be the last thing on your mind, at least to begin with.
But if you do want to know more, especially now you know a whiplash x-ray isn’t needed to support a claim, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. You can also call us from a mobile on 0333 500 0993. Whatever way you choose to get in touch, you can speak with someone about your case and decide whether one of our lawyers might be able to help out with a no-win, no-fee* claim.
Category: Whiplash claims