Most of us have some idea of what whiplash is, and some of us may have been unfortunate enough to have suffered it first-hand. This can be a painful injury, and it can leave the sufferer experiencing a variety of symptoms. These may include neck stiffness, headaches and pain. It can also make it difficult to get comfortable and to sleep at night, which can in turn make you feel worse. While whiplash can be caused in crashes, is whiplash only caused by car accidents, or can it happen in other ways as well?
True or false?
In a recent survey carried out on our behalf, people were asked whether or not they thought the following statement was true: “Whiplash is only caused by car accidents.” Surprisingly, only 15% thought it was true, while a hefty 85% believed this was false.
In reality, the 85% majority got the right answer. Whiplash can occur in other situations as well. Typically, it could also be caused if you tripped and fell and you jolted your head at the same time. Some sportspeople have also experienced whiplash, particularly in sports such as rugby. Boxers may also experience it if they suffer a severe blow to the head.
Are you entitled to compensation for whiplash?
This is something many people wonder about if they find themselves in a situation where they have suffered from whiplash. If you have experienced this within the last three years, and you believe you have ample evidence to support the idea that someone else was to blame for causing it, you should get in touch with people who can help. Accident Advice Helpline has a team of advisors who can let you know where you stand from a legal point of view. All you have to do is call 0800 689 0500 to get in touch with our team.
If you can claim compensation, one of our experienced injury compensation lawyers will look at all the details and will be in a great position to take up your case. We will do so on a no win, no fee* basis. This means there is no large financial risk in trying to claim compensation. If you are unsuccessful, you will not pay a single penny in solicitors’ fees. Make sure you know whether you could claim, no matter how your whiplash was caused when you suffered it.
Date Published: May 3, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead