Have you suffered whiplash? Could you be entitled to compensation?
If you have suffered whiplash in an accident – possibly a car accident – you will know how painful it can be, as well as how much this can impact on your daily life. If you have suffered this debilitating injury in an accident that was not your fault, you may need the help of an injury lawyer in Bishops Cannings and the expert advice of Accident Advice Helpline.
What is whiplash?
Your doctor or other medical professional will be able to tell you more but it is a neck strain or sprain caused when the neck is involuntarily snapped forward and backwards, quickly.
According to medical professionals – and your injury lawyer in Bishops Cannings will also vouch for this – the accident does not have to occur at speed. Even the smallest ‘bump’ can lead to a nasty whiplash injury.
Although most commonly associated with car accidents, whiplash can be common in sporting accidents too, especially when there has been a blow to the head.
There are many symptoms to whiplash:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Shoulder pain
- Some more severe whiplash injuries can also lead the numbness in the hands and arms
- Blurred vision and ringing in the ear is also common in more severe cases
- Many customers also report being unable to sleep
How long will it take to recover from whiplash injury?
Your injury lawyer in Bishops Cannings will tell you that this can vary significantly from person to person. Less severe cases can still take up to a month or 6 weeks to fully repair whilst for those with severe cases of this personal injury, it can take up to 6 months for the neck to feel better.
Medically there are many treatments for whiplash to help ease the pain in the short term, but also rehabilitate the patient. Many customers tell us that on consulting their doctor or the medical team at their local hospital, they were prescribed a course of analgesics – or painkillers.
This medication helped to ease the pain considerably but for many previous clients of our injury lawyer in Bishops Cannings, they also had to apply various hot & cold ‘packs’ over several days. Their treatment also included x-rays as well as physiotherapy.
As we know, not all aspects of treatment on the NHS are free. Occasionally, we must make a contribution to this, such as prescription charges in England. Likewise, the waiting times for some services are prohibitive and so patients often seek private medical treatment to quicken the speed of recovery.
Have you suffered whiplash? Was the accident your fault? Did you seek treatment for your injury?
If so – or if you have suffered any other injury in an accident – you could have a claim for compensation. Call AAH on 0800 689 0500 and find out how you can get in touch with an injury lawyer in Bishops Cannings and their team.
Date Published: 10th November 2013
Author: David Brown