Developed whiplash and unsure if you can make a claim? Call injury solicitors on Gt Cumbrae Island
Whiplash is a common condition which generally develops following a road traffic collision involving a rear-end shunt. Whiplash is the name given to a condition in which the neck and head are suddenly and violently jerked forwards, backwards or sideways. This unpredictable and jolting movement causes the delicate ligaments and tendons of the neck to become stretched and torn, resulting in whiplash.
Whiplash usually develops about 6 to 12 hours following an accident and any passenger in the vehicle may be affected, not only the driver. Obviously the wearing of seatbelts prevent the body from being propelled forwards through the windscreen, but they cannot prevent the neck from becoming damaged. The use of correctly adjusted headrests in vehicles may protect the head and neck from serious impact, but again they don’t protect against the effects of whiplash.
Symptoms of whiplash
Whiplash takes time to develop and symptoms may not be apparent until the day following the accident. Common symptoms of whiplash include:
- Pain and severe discomfort across the neck;
- Stiffness of the neck and head;
- Dizziness; and
- Lack of movement and function of the neck.
Any injury to the head or neck should be checked by a medical practitioner in order to rule out further more serious internal injuries. Whiplash is often diagnosed by a GP through a detailed history and examination of the neck and head. Rest and painkillers may be prescribed to settle the pain and discomfort, and a neck brace may be offered to support the head whilst moving and reduce the discomfort.
Physiotherapy may be recommended if the symptoms don’t subside over a few weeks. Simple repetitive exercises may relieve the symptoms and enable normal movement and function to resume. If pain persists, you may be referred for an X-ray or CT scan.
Making your claim for whiplash with injury solicitors on Gt Cumbrae Island
If you, or a fellow passenger or driver, have sustained whiplash through no fault of your own in an accident that wasn’t your fault within the last three years, then you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim using Accident Advice Helpline’s injury solicitors on Gt Cumbrae Island.
Our telephone helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call and answer any queries that you may have the claims process. Our helpful advisers can offer no-obligation advice and guidance, leaving it up to you to decide if you wish to proceed with making a claim using our injury solicitors on Gt Cumbrae Island.
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Date Published: 4th January 2014
Author: David Brown