Claim for a whiplash injury
One of the most common consequences of a car crash is whiplash. It may be common, but you should still 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 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 of the neck muscles;
- Reduced and painful neck movements; and
Once an accident has happened, the signs of whiplash normally take 6 to 12 hours to show themselves. The neck tenderness and pain are 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 a 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, or being hit on the head by a heavy or hard object. If you have been involved in a clash such as any of these, then you can make a claim for a whiplash injury.
How do I claim for a whiplash injury?
It is an easy process to make a claim for a whiplash injury. The more evidence you have, the better it will be for your claim. 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 helping to establish who is at fault in the case of whiplash compensation. Take photographs if possible of the accident at the time it occurred. Visit your doctor and ensure a medical record is made of your injury and any subsequent treatment you may have had to undergo. Remember to keep receipts for medical costs such as prescription changes and any other therapies you have had to help you recover from your injury.
Accident Advice Helpline are on hand to give you all the information you need to go ahead and make a claim for compensation following an accident. Our staff are experienced in a wide variety of compensation claims and can help you with all the information you need. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to get started on your compensation claim.
Date Published: 16th May 2013