Had a painful whiplash injury?
Whiplash is a common injury following a road traffic accident or multiple vehicle accident involving a rear-end shunt. Whiplash is a painful, disabling injury and the symptoms can be very distressing. This condition can mean that you are unable to carry out normal everyday activities such as driving and walking without considerable discomfort. Get in touch to find out how to get legal help in St. Helier.
What causes whiplash?
Whiplash is caused by a violent and sudden jolting of the head and neck. The neck can be forced awkwardly forwards, backwards or sideways, and the tendons and ligaments in the neck can become stretched and torn, resulting in a sprain which the non-medics among us call whiplash.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
Whiplash symptoms usually take 6 to 12 hours to develop following an accident, and can include:
- Pain and discomfort in the neck muscles
- Stiffness of the neck
- Muscular spasms across the neck area
- Blurred vision
- Pins and needles in the arms and legs
- Dizziness and
- Difficulty moving the neck and restricted neck movements.
What accidents can cause whiplash?
It is not only road traffic accidents that can cause the painful symptoms of whiplash. Whiplash can also be caused in the following accidents:
- Falls from height
- Slips and trips
- Contact sports such as boxing or rugby
- Riding accidents and
- Violent assaults.
Treatment for whiplash injury
Treatments may include:
- Rest, including gentle exercise as the pain settles and spasms subside
- Ice packs to relieve the pain (never put ice directly onto the skin)
- Painkillers to ease the discomfort
- Neck braces to support the neck whilst moving, although these should not be used for prolonged periods and
- Physiotherapy to encourage gentle activity and restore full range of movements.
How to get legal help in St. Helier
If you have suffered the pain and discomfort of a whiplash injury that was caused in an accident that wasn’t your fault within the last three years, then you may be legally entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim. Find out more about how to get legal help in St. Helier from Accident Advice Helpline.
Just call Accident Advice Helpline to find out all you need to know about your legal rights to claim over the phone. Our helpline offers free, no-obligation legal advice about the claims process using our injury lawyers in St Helier. All you need to do is dial 0800 689 0500 from a land line or dial 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to speak to an adviser.
To find out if you are able to make a legal claim, just go online and take part in our unique 30-second online test, which will also give you an estimate of how much you may be awarded. Our injury lawyers will process your claim for whiplash on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis, so why not make the phone call today? Talk to us today if you’ve been wondering how to get legal help in St. Helier. Call us now!
Date Published: 7th November 2013
Author: David Brown