If you have a pain in the neck call injury lawyers in Rhymney
For many years it was called a pain in the neck. With the advent of the railways it became known as railway spine as the most usual way to sustain it was in a train accident. These days we call it whiplash, although that is not a proper medical term. The doctors are more likely to call it a sprain in the neck, which is basically what it is.
Whiplash is caused by the sudden jolting of your head, which can damage the muscles, ligaments and tendons in your neck. Most people associate it with a rear end shunt in a car, but there are many other ways it can happen, just a few of them being:
- Something heavy or solid knocking your head. This can quite easily happen if someone opens a door with force and bangs your head, or if something is dropped from above you and hits your head.
- Falling off a cycle, motorbike or horse. Depending on how you fall, you could sustain a whiplash injury in this way.
- Tripping down stairs could create a scenario where you damage your neck and sustain the injury.
- A simple slip on something that sends you to the ground might mean you bang your head on the way down and create the sudden jolting that creates whiplash.
- The injury is often sustained while playing contact sports such as rugby or boxing.
These are a few examples of the various ways a whiplash injury could occur, and if the way you got your was through no fault of your own, you may want to speak with injury lawyers in Rhymney about making a personal injury claim.
How you, and injury lawyers in Rhymney, will know you have a whiplash injury
The symptoms of whiplash do not normally manifest themselves for a few hours after the accident and quite often it is the next day before you feel any pain. If you are immediate pain it could be that there is another problem and you should seek urgent medical attention in case you have broken a bone in your spine.
Once the symptoms of whiplash do start to show, you will be in no doubt about the injury. It is very painful and disabling and the first thing you should do is take some painkillers to relieve it. Mild whiplash will gradually get better over a few weeks, moderate whiplash can take a few months but chronic whiplash can take a very long time and some victims never totally recover from its effects.
Making a whiplash injury claim
If you have sustained whiplash, or any other injury, in an accident that was not your fault, you should be speaking to injury lawyers in Rhymney at Accident Advice Helpline. We are the experts in making personal injury claim and have the knowledge and experience you need on your side.
Our 30-second test will give you some idea of how much to expect, or call our freephone helpline on 0800 180 4123. Our friendly advisors will give you all the help and support you need to make your personal injury claim.