What is whiplash and what causes it?
Whiplash is the term used to describe an injury sustained to the neck and surrounding area. Whiplash can occur when the neck is jolted suddenly and/or violently. The neck moves beyond its usual range, causing the ligaments, tendons and muscles to overstretch. Common causes of whiplash include:
- Road traffic accidents (RTAs), as often the neck muscles overextend when the vehicle sustains an impact during a collision, or from the force of stopping suddenly;
- A fall, slip or trip down a flight of stairs can make the head jolt violently, and this can put strain on the neck muscles and cause whiplash;
- Another frequent cause of whiplash is when engaged in a physical sport with a high level of contact such as rugby or boxing; and
- By receiving a strike to the head with a heavy object.
What are the common symptoms of whiplash?
Common symptoms of whiplash include pain and stiffness within the neck and surrounding area. You may observe a sensation that your head feels ‘too heavy’ for your neck to support its weight, and limited range of movement. Moving your head from side to side will be uncomfortable at best, and you’ll find yourself moving your eyes more than usual. It is not uncommon to experience headaches following a whiplash injury, as a nerve may have become trapped during the jolt.
If you have experienced a whiplash injury during the past three years and have suffered from any of these symptoms following an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to make an injury claim in Rainhill for compensation.
How much compensation could you be eligible for?
To find out how much your injury claim in Rainhill might be worth, put your details into the Accident Advice Helpline quick and easy online calculator. This 30-second test will give you an idea of how much compensation you could be entitled to. Our team of friendly and experienced advisers will be able to discuss your injury claim in Rainhill in further detail and provide you with free advice regarding what you may be entitled to claim for.
You could recoup any out of pocket expenses such as taxi fares, the cost of a cleaner or a gardener, and even reclaim loss of earnings if your no-fault injury resulted in you having to take time off work. Accident Advice Helpline were established in 2000, and all of our of lawyers operate on a no win no fee basis. We are supported and endorsed by Esther Ranzen, the people’s consumer champion famous for her presenting role on the television series That’s Life! We offer a professional and efficient service, and will provide you with access to specialist legal representation.
Call us now on 0800 689 0500, or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993, and let our friendly staff assist you. All calls are free! There is no obligation to proceed with an injury claim in Rainhill should you choose not to, so you have nothing to lose by calling us today.
Date Published: 12th September 2013
Author: David Brown