Whiplash is an often misunderstood condition. Part of the problem is that it can take hours or even days after an initial accident for whiplash symptoms to be clearly visible. This is why you need to be aware of what they are if you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault and want to claim compensation.
How whiplash can happen
Whiplash is usually associated with car accidents. This is because whiplash tends to be caused by people swinging their necks back very quickly (hence the name!) However this can equally happen because someone has quickly fallen over backwards or has rapidly jerked their head back in order to stop themselves from falling.
- Stiffness in the neck
- Neck pain
- Difficulty moving your neck
- Lower back pain
- Pins and needles in the arms and hands
- Muscles spasms
- Dizzy spells
- Periods of tiredness
- A feeling of blurred vision
- Vertigo- This is often misunderstood. It is not actually to do with a fear of heights (although a fear of heights can cause it). This means you get a strange sensation of moving even when you are standing still.
- Neck exercises
- Anti inflammatory medication
- Improved posture (Sitting upright, adjusting your chair so you can keep your back straight etc)
- Exercises and stretches (For example yoga)
Why you should note your symptoms
It is important to note whiplash symptoms as soon as they occur. This may be some period after an accident has occurred. However it ought to be possible to prove that whiplash is linked to an accident if the symptoms appeared a few hours or a day or so after an accident has taken place.
As well as noting the symptoms yourself it is also worth going to your doctor so there is a medical record of you seeking treatment for whiplash.
Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline
Some people can be cynical about whiplash claims. However for the people suffering from the condition it can make it hard to do their work and may result in lost wages and discomfort. If you have suffered from this condition due to an accident that was not your fault then you should be due compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline has been handling claims for over 13 years. As well as many positive online reviews, we have also been endorsed by the consumer rights champion Esther Rantzen.
The helpline is available 24 hours a day and with a nationwide team of specialist solicitors we are confident that we can find someone who is best suited to your claim. Contact us today to find out what we can do for you!
Date Published: November 18, 2013
Author: David Brown