What is whiplash?
Whiplash is a type of neck injury caused by the sudden movement of the head. This jolting motion can be in any direction, and will lead to tendon and ligament damage in the neck. Tendons are fibrous, tough bands that connect muscles to bone. The connective tissues that link bones together are called ligaments.
Common symptoms of whiplash include:
- Stiffness and pain to the neck;
- Tenderness over the neck muscles;
- Reduced and painful neck mobility; and
Whiplash can take several hours to develop in the aftermath of an accident. Pain and stiffness will often get progressively worse in the weeks after the accident.
How might whiplash be caused?
Road traffic accidents are some of the most common causes of whiplash injuries, but whiplash can occur in other types of incident, too. Sporting accidents can lead to whiplash. This can be especially prevalent in contact sport such as boxing or rugby. A slip, trip or fall accident could also lead to the head being jolted suddenly, as could being struck on the head by a falling object.
What should I do if I think I have whiplash?
If you suspect you have received a whiplash injury, you will need to receive medical attention. A doctor will be able to diagnose your condition from your reported symptoms and an examination of your neck.
Sufferers of whiplash will usually be encouraged to keep their neck moving. Not using a neck brace or collar will speed up recovery. Painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs can be prescribed, and in severe cases physiotherapy will be recommended.
Usually a whiplash injury will eventually improve over time, but it can sometimes develop into a chronic long-term issue. It is very important to visit your GP if you have a chronic whiplash injury, as poor pain management can lead to development of depression-related illnesses.
How can accident lawyers in Ancaster help me?
If you have received your whiplash injury through the actions or negligence of another person, then you could make an injury claim. This will enable you to receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. Accident Advice Helpline could provide you with specialist accident lawyers in Ancaster to handle your case. Our accident lawyers in Ancaster will be experienced in cases such as yours, providing you with the very best legal representation. 100% of cases are handled on a no-win, no-fee* basis by our injury lawyer in Ancaster. Call 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile) to find out how much compensation our injury lawyer in Ancaster could help you obtain.