The best way of describing whiplash is as a neck injury caused by a sudden distortion and strain to the bones, nerves and muscles of the neck. It is typically associated with car accidents although it can occur in other situations as well, where the neck is whipped backwards, forwards or side to side.
It’s a very common condition – for example in 2007 alone, 430,000 sufferers made whiplash compensation claims in the UK.
Here are some of the symptoms you may experience if you are unfortunate enough to have a whiplash injury:
- A painful, stiff neck
- Pins and needles
- Changes in vision and/or hearing
You may not always experience the symptoms immediately, since, after a car accident, the adrenaline starts to kick in and so you enter a state of shock. This can mask the symptoms of whiplash in the immediate aftermath of an accident.
What is Grade Two whiplash
Many people ask, ‘What is Grade Two whiplash?’ Since 1995, there has been a system for classifying whiplash, called the Quebec Task Force Whiplash Classification. It categorises symptoms from Grade 0 (no discomfort or pain) to Grade Four – dislocation or fracture of the neck, and pain.
In terms of what is Grade Two whiplash, this is about half way along the scale and covers stiffness or pain in the neck, tenderness and a number of actual physical signs of injury, for example problems turning the head or point tenderness.
The best treatment is to keep moving your head as much as you can, and to maybe take some mild painkillers. In some cases, a course of physiotherapy may also be recommended.
What Accident Advice Helpline can do
If you wish to pursue a claim for whiplash injury compensation, contact Accident Advice Helpline before you speak to anyone else.
We’re an established and highly experienced personal injury law firm with extensive industry accreditation. Generally speaking, we can settle your claim by phone, making court appearances unnecessary.
Our solicitors work on a no win no fee basis, so it doesn’t cost you to begin your claim. Talk to one of our professional advisers today in confidence and without obligation, or take the 30-second test to see how much your claim could potentially be worth.
Date Published: 10th July 2014
Author: Jan Newell