Are you looking for injury lawyers in Carrutherstown following a recent accident? If you were injured in an accident within the last three years and it was someone else’s fault, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline today for help with making a personal injury claim.
Whiplash – what is it?
Were you injured in a road traffic accident recently? If so, it’s highly likely that you suffered from whiplash. Commonly misunderstood and misrepresented in the press, whiplash is a condition that results from the body being thrown forward and back, often in car accidents. Researchers are only now starting to understand the condition in more detail, so what is it, and why is it so common?
When the neck is thrown forward and back in a bump, the muscles and ligaments are briefly overextended. This results in tenderness and pain, with symptoms including:
- Stiffness and difficulty in moving the head
- Headaches and muscle spasms
- Pain in the shoulders and arms, sometimes with pins and needles developing
- Tiredness, dizziness, confusion or lack of concentration and memory loss
It can take up to a few hours for symptoms to develop, and while they usually subside within a couple of days, they can last for weeks, months or even a year or more.
Why is whiplash so common?
To read reports in the press, you’d think the UK was a nation of scam artists, faking whiplash regularly. Indeed, statistics do show that whiplash claims are higher here than in other countries. However, there are a number of reasons why it may be such a common injury.
Firstly, whiplash doesn’t only happen in high impact accidents – it can occur from small bumps and crashes too. This means that minor road accidents in congested cities could contribute to high numbers. Also, car safety features designed by manufacturers to prevent loss of life may inadvertently lead to minor injuries like whiplash. For instance, head rests that cradle the back of the head and prevent it being thrown back in a crash may cause resistance that actually causes the neck to be thrown forward, and the stopping action of the seatbelt may then cause a brief back-and-forth action that injures the ligaments.
Finally, there is awareness in the UK of not only whiplash injuries, but also of government legislation that entitles accident victims to make a claim for compensation if they’re left out of pocket because of their injuries. The combination of all these factors can explain the high number of claims without assuming that claims are falsified.
Injury lawyers in Carrutherstown
In fact, in over 15 years of working with innocent victims of accidents, we’ve helped thousands of people to make whiplash claims. We are the largest claims provider and one of the biggest law firms in the UK, with an excellent reputation. All of our clients have been seen by medical professionals who advise that they have indeed suffered injury, and we take those claims to court on their behalf, using our extensive network of injury lawyers in Carrutherstown and across Scotland that we work in partnership with.
They all work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis, meaning there are no upfront costs for you to make a claim. So, if you’re looking for injury lawyers in Carrutherstown, look no further.
Get in touch
Don’t suffer in silence, or worry that your claim won’t be taken seriously. If you need injury lawyers in Carrutherstown following an injury that was caused by someone else, call free from a landline on 0800 689 0500 or from a mobile on 0333 500 0993 (charges may vary). We’re here to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: 16th November 2013
Author: David Brown