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Even if you only have a minor Neath car accident it can still result in a personal injury, and if you’ve sustained that injury through no fault of your own, you will be entitled to claim compensation.
The most common type of road traffic accident injury is a whiplash injury
The most common of the minor injuries that come about because of road traffic accidents are whiplash injuries, which usually occur when one vehicle drives into the back of the vehicle in front. Sometimes the vehicle in front is stationary, or sometimes it may be moving slowly, however, the impact has to be significant enough to force the heads of the driver and any passengers that car might be carrying, to involuntarily and uncontrollably snap backwards and forwards in a motion that is likened to the lashing of a whip – hence the name.
How whiplash injury is caused
Whiplash injuries can be relatively minor, or more severe and debilitating depending on the force of the impact. Also, although the vast majority of whiplash injuries are caused by a backwards and forwards whiplash motion, they can also be caused by a sideways rocking of the head. Apart from a “crick” of the neck, which at the time of the accident may feel relatively insignificant, the symptoms of whiplash, do not present themselves until some hours after the incident itself; very often the next morning, once the neck has been given the opportunity to stiffen up overnight.
How whiplash injury manifests itself
When the symptoms of whiplash injury do finally manifest themselves, (normally somewhere between 6 and 12 hours, although they have been known to take as long as 2 to 3 days to materialise), they commonly include:
- Stiffness of the neck
- Severe neck pain when the neck is moved
- Stiffness and soreness in the shoulder and upper arm
- Lower back pain
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty with concentration
According to the NHS, the average recovery period for whiplash injury is 32 days, although chronic cases have been known to last more than 12 months. Whiplash is normally deemed as “chronic” when the symptoms are still present after 6 months.
Get your free estimate for your Neath car crash injury
If you’ve been involved in a Neath car accident that caused you to sustain a whiplash injury, and the cause of the accident is attributable to a third party you will be eligible to claim compensation, and you might like to find out how much that compensation might be, by going to our website and using the HOW MUCH calculator that you’ll find on the website’s homepage. It takes only 30 seconds to answer 4 simple questions and be given an estimate.
How to find out more about making a Neath car accident claim
Using our ‘no win, no fee*’ services here at Accident Advice Helpline is uncomplicated. Esther Rantzen, the well-known people’s consumer champion, recommends us. To find out more, visit our website, or call our free helpline on 0800 689 0500, or if using your mobile call 0333 500 0993.