Whiplash is not an injury that is usually associated with accidents at work, but it is so easily sustained that it happens in many different ways, and it is not at all unusual for us to be approached by a victim wanting to make a Gravesham accident at work claim for a whiplash injury.
The causes of whiplash and a Gravesham accident at work claim
Whiplash is caused by a sudden jolt to your head. This can stretch or tear the ligaments and tendons in your neck and it is this soft tissue damage that causes the pain of a whiplash injury.
It can happen in many different ways while you are at work, such as tripping over and banging your head as you land, heavy lifting in the incorrect manner can cause it, as can something banging into your head with some force.
Your employer has a duty to protect you from injuries at work, and if they fail in this duty and you sustain any type of injury in the work place, you could be entitled to make a Gravesham accident at work claim for compensation.
The healing process and effects of a whiplash injury
Mild whiplash will heal itself over just a few weeks without many more effects than pain and stiffness in the neck area. Moderate whiplash will take a little longer to heal, but at its worst, chronic whiplash can take a very long time to heal, and sometimes leaves victims with a weakness in the neck or back.
Severe whiplash can also leave behind a chronic pain syndrome, and although the whiplash itself has healed in these cases, the victim will be in daily pain for the rest of their lives. There is no cure for this problem, and it is a case of pain management rather than a remedy.
For many years the medical advice for whiplash sufferers was for plenty of rest to allow the soft tissues to heal, with a little gentle exercise to keep you mobile. But recently the advice has changed, and now the medical profession says the best way is to be as active as possible, as the tissues will heal quicker.
They say you should work your way through any discomfort as the exercise is so beneficial, and you cannot make the injury any worse.
Making a Gravesham accident at work claim for a whiplash injury
If you have been injured in any type of accident, anywhere and anytime, you could be entitled to compensation and Accident Advice Helpline are the best specialist law firm to help you with this. With over 14 years’ experience, we know how to handle you claim quickly and efficiently, while making sure you get the best available deal for you situation.
Call our freephone helpline on 0800 180 4123, or complete one of our online options if you want to know more about making a personal injury claim with Accident Advice Helpline.
Date Published: 19th September 2014