What is Whiplash?
As one of the most common injuries in vehicle and falling accidents, many people are aware of the term “whiplash” although they may not be aware of the specifics.
Coming to terms with a whiplash injury can be a long and painful process, and if you have been injured in any type of accident where whiplash was one of, or the main injury you suffered, then you may be entitled to launch a compensation claim in Stepps if the accident in question wasn’t your fault.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is an injury which affects the neck following a sudden jolt. Whiplash can take the form of either a whiplash injury which is the damage to the bone and soft tissue in the neck or Whiplash Associated Disorder which refer to a more severe and long term condition.
In either event, a sufferer of whiplash may find that their injury came about as the result of a road traffic collision where the impact of the two cars caused either driver or passenger to jerk forward suddenly. Whiplash most commonly occurs in rear impact accidents as the acceleration of the second car causes the neck and head to fall either forwards with the impact or backwards as the chest is propelled forwards.
Depending on the severity of the accident and the whiplash injury it caused, sufferers may experience neck pain, shoulder pain, stiffness, headache, dizziness, fatigue, pain throughout the spine and lower extremities, weakness in the arms and hands and muscular pain in the jaw, to name but a few.
However, if the injury is severe and chronic (whiplash associated disorder) then additional symptoms such as depression, anxiety, stress, PTSD and disturbance to sleep patterns could also arise.
In the first instance, a diagnosis of whiplash would have to be confirmed by a hospital or GP. Following any accident, it is essential to seek urgent medical advice. Not only could this examination diagnose and treat any problem but could also be vital evidence if the injured party wished to pursue a compensation claim in Stepps.
Immediate medical advice may involve the use of a collar or neck brace for support and strong painkillers. A doctor may also insist upon X-rays being taken to rule out any damage to the bones or vertebrae in the neck or spine which could be mistaken for whiplash injuries and in fact require a markedly different treatment.
Compensation Claim in Stepps for Whiplash Injuries
Although some whiplash injuries may heal of their own accord quickly, others can cause long term damage. In either case, if you have received whiplash injuries as a result of an accident you did not cause then you have the right to make a compensation claim in Stepps.
Although it may not remove the pain of whiplash, a successful compensation claim in Stepps, with Accident Advice Helpline, specialists for 15 years could help you and your family to right some of the wrongs of your accident. A 30 second test could help you establish whether your claim is valid and AAH will do the rest.
Date Published: 15th August 2013
Author: David Brown