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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

    What are the symptoms of whiplash?


    The kind of symptoms which result from a case of whiplash can vary widely from person to person but the main thing to ensure is that after any road traffic accident which has resulted in a driver or passenger being thrown violently forward, the affected people should seek medical advice as soon as possible, but certainly if any of the symptoms last more than about six hours – practically speaking by the evening if the car accident happened in the morning, the next day if it happened at night. The symptoms may not show straight away either, so anything occurring in the days following the accident should be followed up promptly.

    Whiplash can cause a variety of aches and pains

    Whiplash is usually short lived and self-limiting, but in a small percentage of people symptoms persist beyond six months when the condition becomes chronic. If you contact Accident Advice Helpline as soon as the car accident has happened and you are diagnosed with a sprain of the neck by your doctor, the personal injury claim can be revisited if you find that later on your symptoms have become chronic.

    What you will experience in the first instance (normally within 6-12 hours) will be neck pain and stiffness which may also include some tenderness over the neck muscles and reduced and painful neck movements. You will probably also have a headache, which involves the whole head, not just the frontal area. Less commonly you may also experience lower back pain; pain, numbness or pins and needles (paraesthesia) in your arms and hands; muscle spasms; dizziness; tiredness; blurred vision and vertigo. These should soon pass, but if they don’t you should call a doctor immediately. Rarely, whiplash can damage the spinal cord.

    Neck sprains can stop you working

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    Whiplash injuries can stop you working if you are in an occupation which requires you to make sudden neck and head movements for safety at work. If you drive for a living or operate moving equipment it may be unsafe for you to work if you have whiplash, especially if it becomes chronic.

    Make sure that your expert personal injury lawyer knows about this when you make your call as it can have a serious implication for the amount of compensation which would be payable. Whiplash is by no means a trivial injury and it can impact on your general health for a long time, if not permanently.

    Date Published: October 20, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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