Whiplash is an injury that can be sustained very easily in hundreds of different ways, many of them being work related and the reason for a Malvern Hills accident at work claim. All its needs is something that causes a sudden jolt to your head, and you could have a whiplash injury and want to make a Malvern Hills accident at work claim.
How whiplash injuries happen
Most people think of a whiplash injury as being sustained in a rear end shunt between two cars, but this type of injury was around long before cars were invented. It is basically a sprain in the neck, and is usually caused by a sudden jolt to the head that damages the tendons and ligaments, creating the pain of whiplash.
It is often caused by the simplest of actions, such as lifting something incorrectly, or banking your head as you fall, and quite often the victim will not be aware they have a problem until the next day, when after a night’s sleep they wake up in pain and stiff.
How a whiplash injury can affect victims
Like any injury, whiplash happens in varying degrees, and for a mild case the victim will probably not suffer more than pain and stiffness. But for the first few days of a severe case of whiplash there can be many symptoms, although not all victims will suffer from them all. Just some of the things they may experience are:
- Dizziness and blurred vision
- Pins and needles in the arms and hands, which sometimes turns to numbness or aches
- Lower back pain
- Lack of mobility
Some of these symptoms are not normally associated with a neck injury, but in the case of whiplash, they often happen.Open Claim Calculator
For some unknown reason, women are more likely to suffer this type of injury than men, and it does tend to be more severe for women as well.
The recovery timescale of a whiplash injury
A mild case of whiplash should heal in just a few weeks, the NHS citing the average recovery time as just 32 days. But severe whiplash can last for many months, and some victims are left with permanent affects in their neck and back.
Making a Malvern Hills accident at work claim for a whiplash injury
If you have sustained a whiplash injury in an accident at work that was not your own fault, you could be entitled to make a compensation claim, and be be certain if you qualify, you should speak to the friendly advisers at Accident Advice Helpline. They will answer any questions you have about making a Malvern Hills accident at work claim, or any other type of personal injury claim, and will then let you decide if you want to continue.
This service is free of charge, free of obligation and you will not be put under any pressure if you decide not to make a claim. We just want to make it as easy as possible for anyone entitled to make a claim to do so, which is also why we work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis for financing the claims. Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.