One of the injuries that you could suffer from an accident at work in St Edmundsbury is whiplash. Although this might sound silly, you can suffer this injury by lifting something in the wrong way or by something knocking into you and causing a sudden jolt. It is an injury that is very easily sustained, more so than people realise.
If you were the blameless victim due to lack of safety at work in St Edmundsbury, no matter what your injury, if it needed medical attention, you could be entitled to compensation from your employer.
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Whiplash happens when your head is jolted suddenly and forced to move further than it normally does, either forwards, backwards or sideways. This then causes damage to your ligaments and tendons in your neck and this is what a whiplash injury is.
One of the most common ways to suffer whiplash is through a car accident, where a car goes into the back of yours with some force. However there are many other ways in which you can suffer this injury, and an accident at work in St Edmundsbury is one of them.
The symptoms of whiplash
The symptoms of whiplash depend on how bad you condition is, although there are a few common signs that you may get. Sometimes the injury will not manifest itself straight away, it is usually a few hours after your accident. In fact if you suffer immediate pain in the neck area, it is more likely to be something else such as a broken bone, and you should seek urgent medical attention.
Some of the symptoms that victims suffer from whiplash are:
- Pins and needles in the arms and legs that can turn to aches and pains
- Headaches or migraines
- Lack of mobility and stiffness, both in the neck and back
- Dizziness and burred vision
- Tiredness caused by trouble sleeping because of the discomfort of whiplash
- Anxiety, stress and depression
- Pain and numbness in the lower back
Not everyone will experience all of these symptoms, but if you have even some of them you should be checking with your doctor to see if he considers you have the condition. There are no medical tests for whiplash, so the diagnosis is based on what you are experiencing and the knowledge that you have recently been in an accident.
Your doctor will then let you know the best way to handle the condition for your circumstances, although usually rest is the best option to let the neck heal. A little gentle exercise can help keep you mobile, and painkillers and icepacks will give some pain relief.
Claiming what is rightfully yours
If the accident, in which you sustained your injury, was the fault of someone else, you can make a personal injury claim for compensation, and as a well established specialist law firm, Accident Advice Helpline are the best people to help you.
We have the expertise you need to make the whole process as simple and efficient as possible. Try our 30-second test that will give you some idea of how much to expect, or call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, our advisors will be pleased to assist you.
Date Published: 20th May 2014