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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    How does whiplash happen?


    While whiplash injuries can happen when bungee jumping, they are most commonly associated with road traffic accidents. It includes all injuries to the neck and spine that were caused by a distortion of the neck. But how does whiplash happen?

    In 2011, whiplash injuries cost insurance companies more than £2 billion. In 2007, there were 430,000 insurance claims for whiplash in the United Kingdom, which makes it one of the most common road traffic accident injuries.

    How does whiplash happen?

    Whiplash generally occurs when a car is struck from behind by another vehicle. What happens in that moment of impact, the car and the passengers’ torsos quickly move forward, while the heads of the passengers lag behind for a fraction of a second. This inertia then causes the hyper extension of the neck, with damage to the soft tissue and to the neck’s ligaments. Afterwards, as the heads go forward, following the initial movement of the torsos, the torsos return to their initial position against the backs of the seats, snapping the heads back again and causing them once more to be hyper-extended.

    Is it easy make a whiplash injury claim?

    Whiplash injuries often happen at very low speeds. It is not uncommon for passengers to complain about neck and back pain after an accident that resulted in no other damages.

    Every whip lash injury claim is debatable. As they happen so often, the insurance companies end up paying off a lot of money to injuries that are impossible to prove. There are often no obvious signs of injury, no way to really measure the damage, so it’s the claimant’s word agains the insurance companies’ word.

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    However, whip lash injuries can lead to chronic pain and even limitation in neck movement.

    Call Accident Advice Helpline for free advice

    If you need help with your whiplash injury claim, call now 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone and get free advice from Accident Advice Helpline. Our advisers are more than happy to hear your story and give you an honest expert opinion, if you qualify for making a claim for compensation.

    Road traffic accidents are one of the main cause of personal injury claims in the UK, and the most common is the whiplash injury claim. The driver’s attention only needs to drift away for a moment for them not to brake in time for the red light and bump into the car in front. It’s true that neck pain is not the worst thing that can happen, but it is still frustrating to have even a small neck or back injury that was someone else’s fault. So no matter the extent of your injury, you deserve to receive compensation. If you decide to go ahead with a claim, your Accident Advice Helpline solicitor will handle the paperwork for you and will most likely deal with your claim over the telephone. Most claims are settled that way.

    Date Published: 30th May 2013

    Author: Louise Thacker

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