Whiplash is the injury you often receive if you have experienced an unexpected jolt to either your head or body. This causes damage to be done to the muscles, tendons, ligaments or soft tissue of the neck.
How you can get a whiplash injury in the UK?
As we have said whiplash occurs as a result of a sudden jolt to either the head or body, therefore the most common incident in which you might develop a whiplash injury is if you have been involved in a road traffic collision.
You can be injured in a road traffic collision whether you were the driver of a vehicle, a passenger, a pedestrian or other road user, for example, a cyclist.
You could even sustain a whiplash injury in the UK if you have been involved in an accident whilst travelling as a passenger on a train. For example, if the train collides with another train or other vehicle, or if it derails for some reason. Such injuries can be severe and require extensive treatment.
Our solicitors have also helped employees who have had a whiplash injury in the UK as a result of accidents at work. For example, if you have fallen, usually from a significant height, perhaps from a ladder, roof or scaffolding, then the way you land may mean that as well as any other injuries you might have sustained whiplash.
If the accident you have experienced occurred as a result of someone else’s failings, in other words, if the accident was someone else’s fault, then you will be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Symptoms of whiplash
The symptoms of a whiplash injury in the UK are very noticeable, but might not necessarily present themselves immediately after the accident. If you later experience any of the following symptoms you should seek medical attention immediately:
- Sore or stiff neck
- Back pain
- Blurred vision
- Pains in your arms
- Tingling (pins and needs) in your arms, hands or fingers
Whiplash can you leave you with limited range of motion which can have an immediate impact on your day to day life.
Had a whiplash injury in the UK?
If you have suffered a whiplash injury then you might be able to make a claim for compensation. You can contact Accident Advice Helpline today to find out more about the claims process, and to see if you are entitled to make a claim.
By taking our 30-second test we can tell you if your whiplash injury is eligible for the legal process of making a claim, and how much you might be able to retrieve in terms of compensation.
As there are strict deadlines in place on how long you have to make a claim after suffering a whiplash injury you should not delay in seeking legal advice and representation. Contact us today on our freephone helpline and our advisors and solicitors will do all they can to ensure you get the best service, and the best possible outcome.
Date Published: 9th February 2014
Author: Louise Thacker