Whiplash is a common but often misunderstood injury.
It can be excruciatingly painful, taking many weeks to completely heal. In the meantime, anyone suffering from a whiplash injury will find it difficult to lie down, walk or sit with any degree of comfort.
Many people associate whiplash with road traffic collisions, but there are other answers to how do you get whiplash in Preston? You may also want to know if you can claim compensation for whiplash too.
So, how do you get whiplash in Preston?
It is true to say that many people suffer a whiplash injury as the result of a car accident. However, once you see how whiplash is caused, you will appreciate that other kinds of accidents can cause this injury too.
Whiplash primarily affects the neck and shoulders, with possibly pins and needles sensations felt in the lower arms and hands.
The spine in the neck is curved and is surrounded by strong ligaments, muscles and tendons. When the body receives an unexpected impact, the neck can be snapped forward and backwards quickly and with some force.
The spine is momentarily forced straight and thus, the neck tendons and ligaments attempt to protect it. Unfortunately, this means that they become over-stretched leading to them becoming sore, agitated and inflamed.
This means that whiplash is, in effect, mainly a soft tissue injury in the vast majority of cases. There are a small minority of cases however, that see people with severe whiplash also receive an injury to the spine itself. This is why when a whiplash injury is suspected that many people are advised to undergo an x-ray.
And so, in answer to the question ‘how do you get whiplash in Preston?’, the answer is that it can be the result of an impact that is sudden and with force, rather than with speed.
Accidents that cause whiplash
It is commonly associated with road traffic collisions, especially rear or side impact accidents. People who have slipped, tripped or fallen can also suffer whiplash; in fact, any accident that involved the body being hit unexpected and somewhat violent movement in the neck.
Claiming compensation for whiplash
After asking ‘how do you get whiplash in Preston?’ many people then go on to ask about compensation for this kind of injury.
It may be possible to claim compensation but, there must be certain criteria fulfilled in order for the claim to be successful.
You can find out what these criteria are, and whether your claim for compensation is eligible by calling Accident Advice Helpline.
For an informal chat, call 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile (this is a lower rate number specifically for mobiles).
Date Published: 7th November 2015
Author: David Brown