Whiplash is painful and stressful. If you need to make an injury claim in Newick contact Accident Advice Helpline for the expertise you need for a successful compensation award.
When people say they have whiplash from an accident, quite often it is thought that they are OK, that they do not have a proper injury. Whiplash though can be extremely painful and cause much stress. If you are the blameless victim of an accident and have sustained whiplash, you may want to make a compensation injury claim in Newick.
How whiplash occurs for an injury claim in Newick
Whiplash can happen in many ways, the most common are:
- A rear end shunt where the other car hits with such force that your head is jolted forwards, backwards or sideways
- Falling over and hitting your head
- Something heavy or solid hitting your head
- Sporting injuries that involve a sudden twisting to the neck
If any of these happen to you through no fault of your own, you may be able to make an injury claim in Newick.
How you will know you have whiplash
The sudden jolting of the head causes damage to the tendons and ligaments in the neck, which create the symptoms of whiplash. These can vary depending on the severity but can include:
- Pain and swelling in the neck area
- Stiffness to the neck
- Pins and needles in the arms and legs
- Blurred vision
There are no medical tests for whiplash. The medical practitioner that gives your diagnosis will depend on your symptoms and the knowledge of recent trauma to the neck to make their decision.
How long it will take for recovery from whiplash
The recovery times depends on the severity of the injury and the victim doing exactly as they should. A mild case of whiplash will mend on its own over a few weeks, but serious cases can take much longer and some people never recover fully.
The treatment for which can include:
- Ice packs – you should never put ice directly onto your skin, always wrap it in something first such as a tea towel
- Pain killers – over the counter painkillers should be strong enough, but if not speak to your doctor
- Rest for the neck – your neck should be rested for a few days and then start gentle neck exercises, building up gradually to strengthen the neck
- Neck braces – these are used normally only in serious cases
- Physiotherapy – this can be useful to strengthen the neck after a whiplash injury
Making a personal injury compensation claim
If you have whiplash, from an accident that was not your fault, you should make a personal injury compensation claim. If you contact Accident Advice Helpline, they will do this for you. They will ensure that every aspect of your claim is examined to maximise the amount of compensation you receive.
Our helpline is open 24/7. You can call on 0800 180 4123 and speak to one of our friendly advisors. They will discuss your accident and injuries with you, give you free legal advice, and start the claim if you wish to proceed. You will be under no obligation to do so.
Date Published: 29th August 2013