Injury claim in Stornoway
Stornoway is a town on the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Stornoway residents are just as likely as residents of anywhere else, to be involved in an accident and sustain a whiplash injury. If this does happen to one of them and the accident was not their fault, they may be able to make an injury claim in Stornoway.
What is Whiplash and will an injury claim in Stornoway be possible?
Whiplash is a non-medical term referring to a range of injuries in the neck, which happens when the tendons and ligaments become damaged. Often caused by a sudden shock or distortion of the neck area, it is most commonly associated with rear end car accidents, but can be caused in many other ways. Before the invention of the car whiplash injuries were known as railroad spine, because then the most common way to sustain an injury of this nature was in a train collision, the first documented case being in 1919.
Is whiplash painful?
In reality whiplash can be extremely painful, it can cause the sufferer a stiff neck and pain spreading to the arms and back, as well as the neck itself Often the effects of whiplash are felt, as pins and needles in the arms and legs and it is not uncommon to have headaches as well as nausea, dizziness and blurred vision. Any of these effects might mean that you can make an injury claim in Stornoway.
What causes whiplash?
Apart from the car accident incidents that cause whiplash, there are many other accidents that can cause it such as:
- A sudden blow to the head or neck during contact sports such as boxing or rugby
- Any slip or fall that creates a sudden shock to the head and jolts it back firmly
- Being struck on the head by a solid or heavy object that causes the sudden jolting movement
How is whiplash diagnosed?
Whiplash is usually diagnosed from a description of your symptoms and the knowledge of the recent accident. Tests, x-rays, or scans are not normally required unless a fracture is suspected.
How is whiplash treated?
With rest and care whiplash often gets better on its own, although this can take some time to happen. Sometimes a neck collar or brace is used to assist in the healing process in more severe cases, but these can affect mobility. Chronic whiplash can cause you problems for months and may restrict your movements and abilities to carry out normal everyday tasks. Some victims experience symptoms for the rest of their lives.
Whatever the cause or severity of your whiplash, you may be able to make an injury claim against whoever was to blame for your accident.
Accident Advice Helpline is here to handle this situation for you. We are specialists in personal injuries of all kinds, whiplash injuries included. You can contact us on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 and speak to one of our friendly professional advisors for assistance, or complete our online 30-second test for guidance.
Date Published: 29th September 2013
Author: David Brown