Whiplash – That’s something I have heard of before…..
Whiplash is something that most of us have heard of in recent years. However there are still some of us who are not exactly sure what whiplash is and how you can develop it.
Whiplash is largely associated with victims of road traffic accidents, yet it can occur after a variety of impacts. Whiplash is a result of the sudden movement of the head and neck forwards, backwards or sideways and is a sign that there has been damage to ligaments and tendons in this area.
You can usually tell if you are suffering from whiplash with the following symptoms:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Reduced movement
What causes whiplash?
As already mentioned, whiplash is generally an injury as a result of a road traffic accident, however it can be caused by a sudden blow to the head during sports, or even a slip or fall where the head is jolted backwards.
If your whiplash is caused by an accident where you were not at fault then it is worth thinking about making a painful whiplash compensation claim.
Before you start a painful whiplash compensation claim you will need to ensure that you are diagnosed correctly by a member of the medical profession. You will generally only need to visit your local GP for diagnosis of whiplash, and X-rays are only recommended if it is suspected that you are suffering from a fracture.
What can I do to help the symptoms and how long will they last?
For most of us whiplash and the uncomfortable symptoms that are associated with it will heal in their own time with basic treatment. Whilst movement is painful it is advisable to continue to move your neck in order to improve functionality and speed up your recovery. Painkillers are a great way to aid you through this painful time and should be taken in moderation when you need them.
What about if it doesn’t get better? What about painful whiplash compensation claims?
Whilst for many of us whiplash gets better without causing lasting damage, there are some cases where the pain can continue for well over 6 months. This pain and discomfort may have an impact on your life, limiting what you can do in your spare time and also your daily work activities.
If you find yourself in this situation, and possibly feel low or even depressed then it might be a good idea to speak to someone at Accident Advice Helpline about whiplash compensation claims. Accident Advice Helpline is the compensation and advice provider that you can trust. We not only have a dedicated team of advisers who are there to guide you through the process but we will also give you access to 200 legal partners who are there to win painful whiplash compensation claims and get you and other victims back on the path to recovery!
Date Published: 6th March 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Whiplash claims