Whiplash, How To Recover From It and make an injury claim in Middleton
If you have had to make a road injury claim Middleton then it is likely that you have sustained whiplash. The most common road injury claim in Middleton is whiplash, as it is something that is easily sustained when an accident occurs. But what is whiplash? How do drivers get it? And how long will it take to recover from?
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is neck pain caused by a sudden, violent movement of the neck either forwards and backwards or from side to side.
It is common in road accidents as the sudden pressure of hitting something or slamming down the breaks naturally moves your body forwards and backwards.
This movement is likely to cause injury to the tendons and ligaments in the neck and the resulting pain and stiffness is called whiplash. Symptoms of whiplash include:
- Pain and stiffness in the neck
- Tenderness of neck muscles
- Reduced movement in and around the neck
How Long Does Whiplash Take To Show Symptoms?
Usually whiplash will develop very quickly after an accident, less than 12 hours after the injury has occurred. In the case of any road accident, you should get to a doctor as soon as possible so that you can be checked over.
Many injuries like whiplash do not show outward injuries but can be very painful and require treatment. If you are looking to make an injury claim in Middleton then you will need a medical assessment to prove the injuries you sustained, and the doctor will be able to diagnose whiplash.
What Treatment Is There For Whiplash?
Whiplash is what is known as a self-limiting condition, which means that it will get better on its own over time. Because of the pain, many people prefer to use a neck brace after the injury.
However, this can actually prolong the pain of whiplash and make it more debilitating. By all means you may ask for a neck brace for a little while after the accident has occurred, but it should not be worn all of the time, and should be left off unless it is absolutely necessary for moving around.
A doctor will prescribe strong painkillers to make the injury less painful and the pain should get better day by day until the injury is healed altogether.
When Can I Make An Injury Claim in Middleton For Whiplash?
If you want to make an injury claim Middleton then you should call Accident Advice Helpline on: 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles).
The team of friendly, helpful advisers are there to help process your claim and speak to the other party so that you don’t need to do more than give your statements and medical assessments over to help the claim.
If you have sustained an injury like whiplash you should still be able to get compensation, as long as the accident was not your fault, even if you have managed to continue with your life as normal.
Date Published: 25th August 2013
Author: David Brown