What is the cause of a whiplash injury?
Whiplash is a very painful neck injury that anywhere else in the body we would call a sprain. It happens when there is a sudden jolt to the head, forcing it backwards, forwards or sideways and causing damage to the neck muscles and tendons. If this happens to you and is not your fault, you may be able to make an injury claim in Lydney.
There are many ways in which to get whiplash, the most common of which is a rear-end shunt in a car. However, there are many other ways, including:
- Playing contact sport such as boxing or rugby;
- Falling over and banging your head;
- Falling off your bicycle or a horse; and
- Your head being hit by a solid or heavy object.
Any of these could cause a whiplash injury eligible for an injury claim in Lydney.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
The symptoms vary greatly depending on the severity of the injury, but can be:
- Pain in the neck area;
- Lack of mobility and stiffness of the neck;
- Pins and needles in the arms and legs;
- Back pain;
- Blurred vision;
- Headaches; and
If you are suffering any of these after a jolt to your head, you may be entitled to make an injury claim in Lydney.
How is whiplash diagnosed?
Initially, probably by your GP. There are no tests that will show you have whiplash — the doctor has to rely on your details of your symptoms and the fact that you have recently had a sudden jerking to your head. When they confirm the diagnosis, it may be time to make an injury claim in Lydney.
How long does whiplash last?
Most whiplash cases will clear up themselves over a few weeks, but if it is really severe it can last much longer, and some people never recover from it totally.
What is the treatment for whiplash?
The treatments vary according to how minor or severe the injury is, but generally would include:
- Resting the neck introducing gentle exercise as the pain starts to diminish;
- Ice packs, although the ice should never be put directly on the skin but should be wrapped in something like a tea towel first;
- Neck braces; and
How would I make an injury claim in Lydney?
The easiest and least stressful way for you to make your claim is to contact Accident Advice Helpline. We have helped many thousands of claimants since we were established over 15 years ago. Among those there have been numerous claims for whiplash that we have ensured have received the compensation to which they were entitled.
On our website there is a 30-second test which will help you to decide if you qualify to make a claim, and if you do what sort of figure you can expect to be awarded. Or, there is always our freephone helpline if you would rather speak to someone. The number is 0800 689 0500 and it is open all day, every day for you to call whenever you want.
Date Published: 21st August 2013