Claim for whiplash injury
One of the most everyday consequences of a car crash is whiplash. It may be usual but you should claim whiplash injury compensation if you have been devastated by the consequences of an accident, which was not your fault.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is a neck damage activated by an unforeseen trauma of the head forwards, backwards or sideways.It often happens after an unanticipated crash like a road traffic accident has happened. The strong movement of the head damages the tendons and ligaments in the neck. Indications of whiplash include:
- neck pain and stiffness
- tenderness over the neck muscles
- reduced and painful neck movements
Once an accident has happened, the signs of whiplash normally take (6-12 hours) to show themselves. The neck tenderness and painfulness is normally worse on the day after the injury and may get worse for some days afterwards. Take our 30-second test to see if you can make a claim for whiplash injury.
Causes of whiplash
Road accidents are the principal motivation for whiplash but it can also happen after: an unanticipated shock to the head – for instance, through sports such as boxing or rugby; a slip or accident where the skull is unexpectedly and ferociously jolted backward; being hit on the head by a heavy or hard object.
How do I claim for whiplash injury?
It is an easy process to make a claim for whiplash injury compensation. Consider that the more evidence you have, the better it will be for your claim. So for example, write down in detail what happened at the time of your accident and in the following days or weeks. Make a note of any witnesses; they may be very helpful in establishing who is at fault in the case of whiplash compensation.
Most modern phones have cameras incorporated. Take photographs if possible, of the accident at the time it occurred, if you don’t have a phone with you or your phone doesn’t have a camera the chances are there will be someone around who has a phone and they will be happy to help collect evidence to your injury. Visit your doctor and ensure a medical record is made of your injury and any subsequent treatment you may have had to undergo. Be aware that the signs of Whiplash are not always instant and can develop over the course of several days, or even longer.
Remember to keep receipts for medical costs such as prescription charges and any other therapies you have had to help you recover from your injury. Contact Accident Advice Helpline and find out how you can make a claim on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 19th March 2013
Category: Whiplash claims