Car accidents are not a pleasant experience, no matter how minor they are. If it isn’t the squishy organic matter behind the wheel that gets injured, it’s the vehicle we’re in. Vehicle manufacturers have made significant advancements over the past 10 years to improve the safety of their machines, but there’s one thing they can’t account for – the potential musculoskeletal and neurological injuries associated with sharp, snapping movements.
Musculoskeletal and neurological injuries occur in car accidents because the human body is not designed to move at great speed. When a vehicle collides with another vehicle, a great deal of energy is involved. This energy is channelled through the body of the vehicle around the occupants, but it isn’t enough; we are not completely protected from the impact.
The most common injury sustained in a car accident is whiplash, a debilitating injury with one common symptom: Pain. If you have been involved in a Mansfield car accident, you may well have sustained a whiplash injury. In moderate and severe cases of whiplash, musculoskeletal signs and neurological signs may be apparent. If they are, you will have grade 2 or grade 3 whiplash. In all whiplash cases, it’s important to remember that whiplash victims can experience no symptoms until a few days after an accident.
As soon as you start to experience pain, nausea or dizziness, you should consult your GP immediately.
Whiplash – Understanding what to expect
Most whiplash injuries are short-lived and can be treated with pain killers. It’s chronic whiplash and late whiplash syndrome that you have to look out for; these are debilitating injuries which can have a serious impact on your everyday life.
In all cases of whiplash, pain is apparent. In more serious cases of whiplash, nausea and dizziness is apparent. You can expect your neck to be stiff for a number of weeks after your Mansfield car accident in minor cases. With severe cases of whiplash, you may need to wear a neck brace to allow your neck to heal. This will obviously impact your ability to work and disrupt your everyday life. Whatever the case, your GP will no doubt offer you pain relief.
Whiplash and other car accident injury compensation
Whiplash is a debilitating injury, for sure. But let’s not forget that car accidents can cause a wide variety of injuries, and even death. If you have been involved in a Mansfield car accident, you may be considering making a claim for compensation. If you are, it’s prudent to discuss your case with a claims advisor to find out more about where you stand.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 to discuss your Mansfield car accident with an experienced and compassionate claims advisor.
Date Published: 27th June 2014
Author: David Brown