Whiplash is a very common injury sustained by people who have had the misfortune of being involved in an automobile accident. The injury is often sustained in an automobile accident where one automobile has collided with the back of another – usually referred to as a ‘rear-end shunt’. Here we look at five facts about whiplash which may help you develop more understanding about your injury.
Automobile Accident: Whiplash – things you should know:
- How is whiplash actually caused?
Whiplash is caused during an automobile accident when the head and neck of the driver or passenger are suddenly thrown forwards, then backwards, at force. This has an adverse effect on the soft tissue and ligaments in the neck as they become stretched further than is normal in the natural course of movement.
- What are the main symptoms of a whiplash injury?
Main symptoms of whiplash include pain when turning your head, restriction in movement of the neck, headaches and nausea. You may not develop these symptoms until a day or two after the accident as symptoms of whiplash are not always apparent immediately.
- Is there any treatment for whiplash?
Usually, treatment for automobile accident whiplash includes strong painkillers and gentle mobility stretches and exercises. In more severe cases a course of physiotherapy may be required.
- Will I have to wear a cervical collar?
This is unlikely. Although this used to be a common way of treating whiplash, the current school of thought is that using a cervical collar to immobilise the neck can actually lead to further complications and delay recovery.
- How much compensation will you be awarded for your automobile accident whiplash claim?
This will depend on how severe your whiplash is and how quickly you are expected to make a full recovery. In addition to claiming compensation for your actual automobile accident whiplash you may also be entitled to claim for financial losses which you have incurred as a direct result of the automobile accident. On our Accident Advice Helpline website we have a ’30-second test’ compensation calculator which may be of assistance.
If you think you may have reason to make a claim for automobile accident whiplash compensation contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile for friendly and professional advice.