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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

    Car whiplash injury


    Whiplash is the most common injury that occurs as the result of a car accident. Here at Accident Advice Helpline we help people who have been injured in accidents that were not their own fault. If you have had a car whiplash injury you need some support and advice.

    We have helped thousands of accident victims who have suffered a car whiplash injury that wasn’t their own fault, and therefore have helped thousands of accident victims make compensation claims for whiplash injuries.

    As it is such a common issue we have put together this information page about whiplash.

    If you have suffered a car whiplash injury as the result of an accident that was not your fault then please read on to find out more about the injury and more about how Accident Advice Helpline can help you if you have suffered from this injury.

    1. What is whiplash?
      Whiplash is a common neck injury that is most regularly seen after a car accident.  When a crash or high impact accident happens the person’s head and neck is forced suddenly forward, and then back again at high speed. It is this force that causes the whiplash injury.
    2. Can whiplash leave a person in pain?
      Yes. The most common side effect of whiplash is pain in the neck or shoulders.  The pain can range from mild discomfort to severe pain depending on the extent of the whiplash injury.  Most accident victims who suffer whiplash injuries need to take pain killers during the recovery period to help manage the pain and discomfort that whiplash injury causes.
    3. Can whiplash cause other symptoms?
      Yes. As well as the pain the whiplash victims suffer there are also a range of other symptoms which may occur. The most common are as follows:
    • neck pain and stiffness
    • tenderness over the neck muscles
    • reduced and painful neck movements
    • headaches

    Less common symptoms of whiplash can include:

    • lower back pain
    • pain, numbness, or pins and needles (paraesthesia) in your arms and hands
    • muscle spasms
    • dizziness
    • tiredness
    • blurred vision
    • vertigo – the sensation that you are moving or spinning while standing still
    1. Can whiplash lead to an accident victim having to take time off work?
      Yes. Especially if a victim is experiencing a number of the symptoms of whiplash. It can make carrying out everyday tasks and duties very hard work, and in many cases a doctor will recommend a set period of time off work whilst the accident victim recovers and the symptoms improve.

    Have you been in a car accident that was not your own fault and found yourself left suffering with whiplash injuries? 

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    If this is the case then please contact Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible and let us help you make a claim.

    Find out how our team can help you by calling: 0800 689 0500, or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.

    Date Published: 6th June 2014

    Author: Louise Thacker

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