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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

    Do whiplash symptoms occur straight away?


    Think of a car accident and the most likely injury that will come to mind is probably whiplash. This can be quite common, and it can be a very painful injury too. If you’ve been in a car accident you may well have experienced it. Whiplash symptoms can involve pain and stiffness, limited movement and headaches, among other things. Even though you are likely to feel pain and discomfort, the general consensus is that you should keep your neck mobile, as this encourages recovery to occur faster than it may do otherwise.

    How long does it take to recover from whiplash?

    The main thing to remember here is that the severity of the whiplash will help determine how long the recovery time is likely to be. A recent survey which we commissioned found that three-quarters of people reckoned a week’s recovery would resolve the majority of whiplash cases. However, in reality, the average time is actually 32 days. The same survey found that 80% of people believed whiplash could last longer than six months. This is true, although it relates to chronic whiplash cases, and most people do recover within a much shorter period of time.

    Every case is different, of course, and it is important to see your GP to assess your own whiplash if you believe you have sustained this injury during a car accident. While it can be painful and last for a prolonged period, there is every chance you will make a full recovery within a month or so.

    How can you find out more information about the potential for claiming compensation?

    Whiplash symptoms are only part of the equation here. You may have these symptoms because someone else drove into your car, even when you did nothing wrong. If the other driver has been negligent, you have a chance to claim compensation for the injuries you suffered – covering whiplash as well as any other injuries you may have sustained at the time.

    Accident Advice Helpline is always here if you ever need advice about this subject. You can call on 0800 689 0500, or use the fast and free online test to get some initial answers about the likelihood of claiming successfully. One of our lawyers could soon be acting on your behalf, so get in touch with us now and see whether your injuries could result in a compensation payment made soon.

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    Whiplash True or False

    Date Published: May 3, 2016

    Author: Allison Whitehead

    Category: Research

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