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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

    Claiming with a car accident solicitor

    Claiming with a car accident solicitor who will deal with the whole range of injuries that can be caused by car accidents make the claims process alot easier. Claims can be varied and range from quite mild cuts and bruises to more serious head injuries and even fatal outcomes.

    One very common injury that car accident solicitors deal with is whiplash. A guide to this condition from the perspective of a car accident solicitor is given below.

    Claiming with a car accident solicitor: a guide to whiplash – the accident

    Many types of car accidents result in whiplash. This is because the head is relatively unsupported in the car seat compared to the rest of the body. Car designers have installed features like head restraints to try and reduce the occurrence and severity of whiplash symptoms. If you have been referred to a car accident solicitor via the compensation provider Accident Advice Helpline, you will have already had the opportunity to enter the details of the accident into the unique 30 second test. This gives you an idea about whether your case is likely to be successful or not.

    Car accident solicitor guide’s to whiplash – the medical details

    Your doctor or physiotherapist may have explained the medical details about whiplash to you. Medical professionals often refer to it as hyperextension and hyperflexion of the soft tissue of the neck which means that the ligaments and tendons are pulled beyond their normal limits. This causes inflammation, bruising and pain. Keep a note of all of your hospital, doctor and physiotherapy appointments so that you can tell your car accident solicitor.

    Car accident solicitor’s guide to whiplash – the symptoms

    You may feel fine to begin with as the symptoms of whiplash often take 6 to 12 hours to develop. The symptoms often then continue to get worse for several days. It usually gets better within 6 months although you may need physiotherapy treatment to aid recovery. Symptoms of whiplash include:

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    • Neck pain
    • Neck stiffness
    • Tender neck muscles – it hurts when you press them.
    • Not being able to move the neck and pain when you try.
    • Headaches
    • Pain, numbness and pins and needles in arms and hands
    • Muscle spasms
    • Feeling dizzy
    • Blurred vision
    • Tiredness
    • Sensation that you are moving when you are standing still (vertigo)

    Car accident solicitor’s guide to whiplash – chronic whiplash

    For some people the symptoms do not go away and chronic whiplash develops. The symptoms of chronic whiplash are:

    • Neck pain and stiffness
    • Persistent headache
    • Pain, numbness and pins and needles in arms and hands
    • Dizziness
    • Anxiety and depression

    Chronic whiplash can be treated with a course of physiotherapy. It does not help to keep the neck still. In fact, taking pain killers and keeping the neck moving is the most appropriate way to the approach the condition. While you are concentrating on getting better, your car accident solicitor will be handling your claim for you. This will probably be done over the telephone so you will not have to make any visits to lawyer’s offices.

    To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now. 

    Date Published: 12th March 2013

    Author: David Brown

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