Car accident and whiplash claims make up a significant proportion of the personal injury work that a law firm like Accident Advice Helpline handles every year. We get hundreds of calls on our 24-hour helpline from people who have been injured in car accidents that were not their fault and who are thinking about making a claim for compensation.
Car accident and whiplash claims – the basic facts
Whiplash is basically a neck sprain. It is caused when the head is jolted backwards or forwards (or both) suddenly. The soft tissues of the neck (ligaments and muscles) are stretched further than they are meant to go and are injured. Sometimes the bones of the neck (vertebrae) are damaged as well but this is unusual and tends to occur in the more serious accidents.
Car accident and whiplash claims – symptoms and treatment
Symptoms of whiplash include neck pain and stiffness and headaches. Some people also feel dizzy and may have pins and needles in their arms and hands. Most car accident and whiplash claims deal with injuries which are self-limiting – they tend to get better by themselves. As such, this avoids the need for major medical intervention, such as invasive surgery. However, medical advice should always be sought because there are special exercises and techniques that you can use to help your recovery.
Physiotherapy is sometimes recommended for whiplash sufferers. Painkillers are also sometimes used to make the sufferer feel more comfortable. In a small proportion of cases the symptoms go on for several months and this is sometimes referred to as chronic whiplash.
Car accident and whiplash claims – prevention
Of course, the only way to totally prevent whiplash in a car accident is not to have a collision at all – but in the case of personal injury claims, that would not be down to you. However, modern cars do have design features that are aimed at reducing neck injuries in collisions. The main one is head restraints. The restraint should be as high as the top of the head and so should stop the head from being able to travel backwards so far. However, many people do not adjust their head restraint properly because they don’t find it comfortable. With the right adjustment, the restraint can be both sensibly positioned and offer comfort.
Car accident and whiplash claims – legal advice
If you are thinking about making a claim it is best to get some legal advice as soon as possible after the accident. You will be able to find out if your case has a good chance of being successful by using Accident Advice Helpline’s unique 30-second test. You can then take an informed decision about whether you want to proceed or not. Your case will be handled by Accident Advice Helpline on a no-win, no-fee basis so you do not have to worry about big up front legal costs – in effect, peace of mind at a time of stress from your injury.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 24th May 2013
Author: David Brown