Whiplash can be caused in many ways, not just in car accidents. Whiplash is actually not a medical term, it is a nickname given to the neck injuries sustained from a jolting motion. The actual whiplash occurs when your head is thrown forwards, backwards, and sideways suddenly with force.
Whiplash can be caused by falling off a bike, as when you are thrown forwards your head goes forwards, then as you land your head is thrown back again, which damages the ligaments and tendons in the neck leaving you with whiplash. This can easily happen in contact sports, or even just by falling over or tripping, as again your head goes forwards when you fall, and then when you land it goes back to its correct position.
Whiplash can be very painful, and in the really awful cases some people never regain the full movement of their neck. What is not so well-known is that whiplash brings with it other side effects and symptoms, not just a pain in the neck area. The pain can go across the shoulders and even down your spine; you may feel dizzy and nauseous; you can lose all mobility in your neck. Whiplash injuries can also lead to insomnia and a loss of appetite.
Whiplash is treated in different ways which depend on the age and health of the person and the severity of the whiplash injury. In most cases, you will be given anti-inflammatory pain relief, rest, and physiotherapy.
So as we have said, whiplash can happen really in any accident, from Livingston road traffic accidents to simply falling over. Sadly, it can change people’s lives: if you are lucky, then the changes will be temporary and you will make a full recovery, but if not then this injury could have consequences on your life indefinitely.
Having a whiplash injury can also be expensive, as you will need to pay prescription charges, you may not be able to work, and you cannot drive so you will need travel to and from your medical appointments. You may even need extra help in the house, or childcare.
People suffering a whiplash injury from Livingston road traffic accidents or any other accidents should look into making a claim for compensation to recover the losses they have incurred from the accident.
How to make a personal injury claim for Livingston road traffic accidents
Just use the team at Accident Advice Helpline. Our team has 14 years of experience in dealing with all types of personal injury claims. We offer a service which is second to none. It does not cost you a penny to start a claim or if you should lose, as our lawyers work on a no win, no fee basis. To make a general enquiry in confidence, call any time on 0800 689 0500 and speak to a friendly adviser.
Date Published: 22nd August 2014
Author: David Brown