With whiplash being one of the most common injuries people sustain in accidents throughout the UK we decided here at Accident Advice Helpline that it might be a good idea to put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions, to help you find all the information you are likely to need.
What are the causes of whiplash?
Whiplash occurs when somebody suffers a sudden jolt to their head or body. This then causes damage to the muscles, ligaments and tendons as well as the soft tissue to the surrounding area of the neck.
The most common way for this type of jolt to occur is when you are involved in a road traffic accident. The speed at which the vehicles involved are travelling, as well as the direction of travel compared with your own, often results in an impact which can cause such a sudden jolt. If you have been involved in a road traffic accident of any kind you will know that you are often thrown forwards, and then possibly backwards at the time of impact. It is this motion which will jolt your body and head, causing the damage to your neck known as whiplash.
What the symptoms of whiplash?
The symptoms of whiplash can vary depending upon the severity of the injury itself, however the most common symptoms include:
- Pain the neck and surrounding area
- Stiffness of the neck combined with reduced movement
If you suspect you might have whiplash you should seek the advice of a medical professional. However, it is important to note that the signs and symptoms of whiplash do not always present themselves immediately following an accident and can take several days to make their presence known. It is important that you seek medical attention immediately following your accident even if you feel fine at the time.
What is the treatment for whiplash?
Whiplash is one of those conditions that generally rights itself with the passage of time. As a result there is no real treatment available. Your medical professional may suggest using ice packs and taking anti-inflammatory painkillers to help alleviate pain and reduce swelling.
What is the payout for whiplash?
As every case is difficult it would be impossible to say what the payout for whiplash actually us.
To get a good idea of how much compensation you could be entitled to and what the specific payout for whiplash that you have suffered might be, then you can take our 30-second test, which you will find on our website.
This will give you a good indication of how much compensation you might be entitled to receive.
It is important to remember that various factors can affect the amount of payout for whiplash you might receive. For example, if you did not seek medical attention following an accident, or if you were partly responsible for the accident itself.
To find out more about the payout for whiplash you could be due, contact Accident Advice Helpline today.
Date Published: 5th March 2014
Author: Louise Thacker