The expert on whiplash claims may not be your local injury lawyer in Prestwick. If you have suffered a whiplash injury, get in touch with us now.
How whiplash happens
The sudden jolting of the head out of its normal movement zone, backwards, forwards or sideways causes whiplash, when the muscles and tendons in the neck get injured. Anywhere else in the body we would call it a sprain, but this is a sprain with a differences because the consequences can be severe. Although car shunts are the most common cause, contact sports are not an unusual cause, in fact anything that creates the sudden jolt can create whiplash. If this happens to you in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a whiplash compensation claim, using an injury lawyer in Prestwick or a national firm such as us.
Tell an injury lawyer in Prestwick about your whiplash symptoms
The symptoms of whiplash vary greatly depending on the severity of the injury, but at its worst can include:
- Pain in the neck area
- Lack of mobility in the neck
- Tenderness in the neck muscles
- Lower back pain
- Numbness or pins and needles in the arms and hands
- Muscle spasms
- Blurred vision
- Anxiety and depression
Dealing with whiplash
Most mild cases of whiplash will clear up on their own over a few weeks. In spite of the pain, you should try to exercise your neck gently each day; this will help to keep it mobile and will help with the recovery. Some people find a firm supportive pillow helps but you should avoid using more than one pillow.
More serious forms of whiplash may require physiotherapy and stronger painkillers. With chronic whiplash, the length of time it takes to recover can be over a year; it can cause anxiety and depression that you should seek treatment for from your GP. There are some victims who never fully recover and are left with weakness in the neck and back.
Making a compensation claim with us or an injury lawyer in Prestwick
If you have suffered a whiplash injury and want to make a compensation claim, you should contact an injury lawyer in Prestwick or our experts at Accident Advice Helpline for assistance.
We have been helping the blameless victims of accidents receive the compensation they are entitled to for over 15 years, and in that time we have ensured that many thousands of claimants have obtained the personal injury compensation to which they were entitled.
On our website there is a compensation calculator which we call the 30-second test. This will give you some guidance as to the amount you may receive. Or you can telephone our friendly and professional advisers on our helpline number, 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993, they will help and assist you all they can.
Date Published: 20th October 2013
Author: David Brown