Whiplash is a neck injury that is caused by the ligaments and tendons in the neck becoming damaged. The most usual cause of this is a rear end shunt in a motor vehicle, but it can happen from any accident that gives your head a severe jolt, causing it to go backwards, forwards or sideways, forcing the soft tissues outside of their normal movement zone.
The signs of a whiplash injury
The signs are whiplash vary according to the severity, and quite often do not start to materialise until a few hours after the accident. The symptoms you may experience can include:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Back pain and stiffness
- Pins and needles in the arms and legs that can turn to aches
- Lack of mobility
- Blurred vision
- Trouble sleeping
- Anxiety and stress
Most of these will start to subside after a few days, but the pain and stiffness can last for the duration of the injury
A mild case of whiplash will heal itself in just a few weeks, but chronic whiplash can last for many months and leave weaknesses that can last a lifetime.
It used to be said that a mild case of whiplash will just need rest to allow the tissues to heal, but now the advice is to be as active as possible as this helps the healing process. Even though you may suffer some pain and discomfort, you will not make the injury any worse.
Ice packs and painkillers can help, and in some severe cases, physiotherapy is advised, but although they may be useful for other injuries, try not to use a neck brace for a whiplash injury. They can affect your mobility, and delay the healing process.
Making personal injury claims in Ystradgynlais
If the accident in which you sustained your whiplash injury, or any other injury, was the fault of someone else, you may be able to make personal injury claims in Ystradgynlais for compensation. The simplest and most efficient way to make personal injury claims in Ystradgynlais is to use Accident Advice Helpline to assist you.
Since we were established in 2000, Accident Advice Helpline have helped tens of thousands of claimants get the compensation they deserved after being in an accident that was not their fault.
We have the expertise you need to make personal injury claims in Ystradgynlais as simple and efficient as possible. Try our 30-second test that will let you know if you have a valid claim, and will give you some idea of how much to expect.
Or call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500, and chat to our friendly advisors, or you can call from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. They will give you any information you need to help you decide if you want to make personal injury claims in Ystradgynlais, but will not put any pressure on you to proceed, that will be your own choice.
Date Published: 11th August 2014