A whiplash injury occurs when the head is thrown forwards or backwards after a sudden impact. There are two different types of whiplash – cervical hyperextension and rapid deceleration injury. Cervical hyperextension occurs when impact comes onto the body from behind. The body is thrust forward but the head lags behind, causing over-extension of the neck. A rapid deceleration injury occurs when impact comes from in front of the victim, causing the head to slam down quickly into the chest.
In addition to neck pain, patients with whiplash may also display headache, vertigo, blurred vision, numbness, weakness in the arms and legs, lower back pain, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. It’s clear that whiplash can be an extremely debilitating injury, and it is extremely common in those who have been involved in road accidents.
What to do if you have received a whiplash injury in a road accident
If you have received a whiplash injury in a road accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. It can be difficult to tell whose fault a road accident is sometimes, so consider who was at fault in the situation. Were you abiding by all rules of the road at the time of the accident? Do you feel you were alert at the wheel, and your vehicle was in good working order? If all of these things are true, then the other driver may be to blame.
If you were driving for work at the time of the accident and the poor condition of your vehicle was to blame, you may also be able to claim personal injury compensation from your employer, who has a duty to keep you safe during working hours.
How to make a claim for personal injury compensation
If you’d like to find out more about the legal provision of personal injury compensation and discuss your personal situation in confidence, call our trained advisers at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be able to give you a good idea of whether or not your claim would be valid, who you should claim from, and how much compensation you are likely to receive.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which is accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Lexcel, the Law Society’s practice management standard. We are proud to be endorsed by Esther Rantzen, consumer champion, and have been helping accident victims receive the compensation they are legally entitled to for over a decade.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 15, 2013
Author: David Brown