The most common injury from car crashes is whiplash, but this is not this only way to get this type of injury. Whiplash is basically a sprain in your neck, and just like sprains anywhere else in your body, it happens very easily. Any sudden jolt to your head, or awkward twist to your neck can cause this injury, and if that happened in an accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim in Runnymede for compensation.
How seatbelts can cause whiplash
Seatbelts in cars and on fair ground rides can contribute to whiplash injuries. They do a very good job in holding your body firmly in place in the event of an accident, but in doing so cause more of a jolt to your neck.
This can be avoided to some extent by the proper use of headrests, but surveys show that very few people use the headrests in their cars, and often they are not positioned correctly. Drivers and passengers biggest complaint about them is that they are uncomfortable to use, and carmakers have been working towards making the headrests more usable.
But always wear your seatbelt. If you are involved in a car accident and are not wearing it, your injuries could be far more serious than a soft tissue injury in your neck.
The best way to help your whiplash injury heal
Whiplash is a self-limiting injury, and once the damage has been done, it will not get any worse. It will eventually heal on its own, and recently the advice on how to help it do this has changed. For many years it was thought that rest was the best thing, with a little gentle daily exercise to help mobility. Now we are being told that the best thing is to be as active as possible, even if you suffer some discomfort in doing so.
The recovery timescale
A mild case of whiplash will heal in just a few weeks, and in fact the NHS cite just 32 days as being the average healing time for mild whiplash. The problem is at the other end of the scale as chronic whiplash can take a very long time to heal. Some victims are left with permanent weaknesses in their necks or back, and some are left with a chronic pain syndrome, which will cause them pain daily for the rest of their life.
Making a personal injury claim in Runnymede for an injury caused by someone else
If you have suffered a whiplash injury, or any other injury, that was caused by someone else, you should be talking to Accident Advice Helpline about making a personal injury claim in Runnymede for the compensation you are legally entitled to.
Complete one of our online options or call our freephone helpline to get as assessment of you compensation claim, and if you wish to proceed, our friendly advisors will put the wheels in motion for your personal injury claim in Runnymede.
Date Published: 23rd October 2014