Injury lawyers in Staddle Bridge
Knocking or jolting your head out of the area it normally moves can damage the tendons, ligaments and muscles in your neck, causing a sprain commonly known as whiplash. Whiplash is a non-medical term used for a range of injuries caused by distorting the neck, usually associated with road traffic accidents. Before the invention of the car, it was often called railroad spine, as most cases appeared after train collisions.
If you sustain a whiplash injury in an accident that was not your fault, you should talk to injury lawyers in Staddle Bridge about making a personal injury compensation claim.
How whiplash happens
Whiplash can happen in many ways. The most common are:
- Tripping and hitting your head as you fall;
- Something heavy or solid hitting your head;
- Sporting injuries that involve a sudden twisting to the neck; or
- A rear-end shunt where the other car hits with such force that your head is jolted forwards, backwards or sideways.
The whiplash injury can be in the neck or spine, and the effects will vary depending on the position and the severity, but they could include:
- Blurred vision;
- Pain and swelling in the neck area;
- Stiffness to the neck;
- Pins and needles in the arms and legs;
- Headaches; and
Your doctor’s diagnosis will be based on the facts you relate regarding your accident and symptoms – there are no tests for whiplash. Tests are normally only requested if the doctor suspects there may be another problem, such as a cracked bone.
The recovery timescale
The recovery time depends on the severity of the injury and the victim being able to rest the neck. A mild case of whiplash will mend on its own over a few weeks, but serious cases can take much longer. Some people never recover fully and are left with permanent weaknesses in the neck and back.
For treating whiplash, you should:
- Rest your neck for a few days and then start gentle neck exercises, building up gradually to strengthen the neck;
- Only use neck braces in serious cases, and not for prolonged periods;
- Use ice packs, but never put ice directly onto the skin;
- Take painkillers; and
- Partake in physiotherapy.
Making a whiplash injury compensation claim
Accident Advice Helpline are here to help with your whiplash injury claim. We have dealt with numerous of them and have the knowledge and expertise to ensure they reach a successful conclusion. If you have whiplash from an accident that was not your fault, you should consult with injury lawyers in Staddle Bridge to make a personal injury compensation claim without delay.
Our helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can call on 0800 180 4123 and speak to one of our friendly advisors. They will discuss your accident and injuries with you, give you free legal advice, and start the claim if you wish to proceed.
Date Published: 6th November 2013
Author: David Brown