Chronic whiplash and you
Whiplash symptoms can vary greatly from person to person. The main point to remember is that after any road traffic accident which has resulted in a driver or passenger being thrown forward, those affected should seek medical advice as soon as is possible. This is especially important if any of the whiplash symptoms last for longer than six hours.
The symptoms may not even show themselves right away, either, so anything that happens to occur in the days following the accident should be followed up and reported to a doctor immediately.
Chronic whiplash can cause a wide variety of aches and pains
A whiplash injury is normally short lived and limited to just one area. However, in a relatively small percentage of people, whiplash symptoms can persist for six months or more when the condition becomes chronic. If you were to contact Accident Advice Helpline just as soon as your car accident had happened, and you are diagnosed with a sprain of the neck by your doctor (whom you should have contacted immediately after the accident, or when the symptoms first presented themselves), your personal accident injury claim can be revisited if you discover that your whiplash symptoms have become chronic.
The kinds of symptoms that you can expect (usually within six to twelve hours, on average) are neck pain and stiffness, which can also include a little tenderness over the neck muscles and diminished, painful neck movements.
There is a better than even chance that you will also have a headache, which will be spread across your whole head and not just the frontal area. You may also experience lower back pains such as numbness or paraesthesia (otherwise known as pins and needles) down your arms and in your hands. These should pass soon enough, but on the off chance that they don’t you should call for a doctor immediately.
In very rare, severe cases, whiplash can even damage the spinal cord.
Chronic whiplash can stop you going to work
Chronic whiplash injuries can prevent you from working if you are in an occupation which requires you to make quick neck and head movements in order to stay safe at work. For example, if you drive for a living then it may well be unsafe for you to work if you have whiplash, particularly if the condition becomes chronic.
You must make sure that your no win no fee personal injury lawyer knows about the fact that you are unable to work when you first make contact. This is because it can have a serious impact on the amount of compensation which may be awarded. Whiplash is by no means a trivial injury and can impact on your general health for a long time, if not permanently.
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