Have you suffered the pain and distress of whiplash? You need injury solicitors in Chipping Campden to help you with your personal injury claim
Whiplash is one of the most common types of injury following a road traffic accident. It can affect not only the driver of the vehicle, but also the passengers and even pedestrians who may be hit in the collision.
Whiplash is caused by the sudden and often violent movement of the neck forwards, backwards and sideways. This propulsion of the neck can cause trauma to the delicate muscles and tendons, resulting in severe pain and discomfort. This sort of damage anywhere else in the body we would call a sprain.
Can whiplash be caused by other types of accident?
Whiplash is often associated with road traffic accidents, particularly collisions and rear-end shunts. However, it may also be caused by:
- High contact sports such as rugby and boxing;
- A fall from height;
- A cycling or motorbike accident; or
- Assault with a blunt or heavy instrument to the head.
Before the invention of the car it was referred to as railway spine, because the most usual way to sustain it was in train crashes.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
Whiplash symptoms can vary from person to person, depending on the cause of the injury and the circumstances involved. They may include:
- Pain in the neck;
- Stiffness and a lack of movement of the neck;
- Pins and needles sensation in the limbs;
- Back pain; and
Getting whiplash diagnosed
Any injury to the head or neck should be diagnosed and investigated by a medical practitioner. Whiplash symptoms usually take six to 12 hours to become apparent. Therefore, if pain is felt earlier than this, the diagnosis may not be whiplash. There are no medical tests that can diagnose the condition; a GP may take a history of the accident and diagnose whiplash based on the signs and symptoms present at your appointment.
Making your injury claim using injury solicitors in Chipping Campden
If you have sustained a whiplash-related injury as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault within the last three years, you may be legally entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim using Accident Advice Helpline’s injury solicitors in Chipping Campden.
Our injury solicitors will confirm your eligibility to make a legal claim for compensation following your accident. If you are entitled to make a claim, they will process your claim on a 100% no win no fee basis. Call us on 0800 689 0500 or go online and start your claims journey using our unique 30-second online test. Put your whiplash injury to the test and find out quickly if you can claim using our injury solicitors in Chipping Campden! The test will also give you an estimate of the amount you might be awarded.
Date Published: 6th December 2013
Author: David Brown