If you have a whiplash injury, you may need the services of an injury claims lawyer in Jervaulx
Whiplash is a neck injury that is caused by the muscles, ligaments and tendons in the neck becoming damaged. The most usual cause of this is a rear end shunt in a motor vehicle, but it can happen from any accident that gives your head a severe jolt, causing it to go backwards, forwards or sideways, forcing the soft tissues outside of their normal movement zone.
How you will know you have whiplash and may need to use an injury claims lawyer in Jervaulx
The signs of whiplash vary according to the severity, and quite often do not start to materialise until a few hours after the accident. The symptoms you may experience can include:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Back pain and stiffness
- Pins and needles in the arms and legs that can turn to aches
- Lack of mobility
- Blurred vision
- Trouble sleeping
- Anxiety and stress
Any of these signs may signify whiplash and you should visit a medical practitioner to get the diagnosis confirmed. There are no tests for whiplash; the doctor will give his opinion based on your symptoms and the knowledge of your recent accident. If he has any concerns that there may be fractured bones as well, then X-rays, CT scans or an MRI scan will be arranged. The doctors’ report may prove useful when you speak to your injury claims lawyer in Jervaulx.
How your whiplash injury will be treated
A mild case of whiplash will just need rest to allow the tissues to heal. Painkillers and icepacks may help reduce the pain, and after a few days a little gentle exercise each day will help with mobility. The recovery should not take more than a few weeks.
A moderate case of whiplash may take several months to heal, although the treatment would be very similar to the mild whiplash. Sometimes a neck brace is used, but these are not recommended for any length of time as they can affect your mobility.
A severe case of whiplash can take a very long time to heal and some people are left with a weakness in the neck and back, from which they never totally recover. In the more severe cases, a bigger worry is the side effects it can have, such as complex chronic pain disorder. If a victim’s whiplash develops into this condition, they will be in daily severe pain for the rest of their lives. This would affect the amount of compensation they receive, as no doubt the injury lawyer in Jervaulx will explain.
You may be able to claim compensation for this injury
If the accident, in which you sustained your injury, was the fault of someone else, you can probably make an injury claim for compensation.
Over the 15 years since we were established, Accident Advice Helpline has helped tens of thousands of claimants get the compensation they deserved. Numerous of those claims were for whiplash injuries. We have the expertise you need to make the whole process as simple and efficient as possible. Try our 30-second test that will give you some idea of how much to expect. Or call our helpline on 0800 689 0500, and our advisors will be pleased to assist you.
Date Published: 30th September 2013
Author: David Brown