Whiplash happens when a sudden jolt occurs to your head and moves it out of its normal movement zone, either forwards, backwards or sideways. This damages the muscles and tendons in your neck. If this happens anywhere else in the body we would call it a sprain, but this sprain is different because the consequences can be severe.
Although car accidents are the most common cause, contact sports are not an unusual way of sustaining this injury; in fact, anything that creates the sudden jolt can cause whiplash. If this happens to you in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a whiplash compensation claim using a personal injury lawyer in Kingscote.
The symptoms of whiplash vary greatly depending on the severity of the injury, but at its worst can include:
- Lower back pain;
- Numbness or pins and needles in the arms and hands;
- Muscle spasms;
- Pain in the neck area;
- Lack of mobility in the neck;
- Tenderness in the neck muscles;
- Blurred vision;
- Vertigo; and
- Anxiety and depression.
How to deal with whiplash
In spite of the pain, you should try to exercise your neck gently each day; this will help to keep it mobile and will help with the recovery. Some people find a firm, supportive pillow helps, but you should avoid using more than one pillow. Most mild cases of whiplash will clear up on their own over a few weeks.
More serious forms of whiplash may require physiotherapy and stronger painkillers. With chronic whiplash, the length of time it takes to recover can be over a year; it can cause anxiety and depression for which you should seek treatment from your GP. There are some victims, who may be using a personal injury lawyer in Kingscote, who never fully recover and are left with weakness in the neck and back.
How to make a compensation claim for whiplash using a personal injury lawyer in Kingscote
If you have suffered a whiplash injury and want to make a compensation claim, you should contact a personal injury lawyer in Kingscote at Accident Advice Helpline for assistance.
We have been helping the blameless victims of accidents receive the compensation to which they are entitled for over 15 years, in which time we have ensured that many thousands of claimants have obtained compensation.
Most whiplash compensation claims will be paid out by insurance companies — large organisations with teams whose job it is to keep payouts of any sort as low as possible. Accident Advice Helpline have in-house solicitors to fight to get you a fair amount of compensation for your injury and others losses or costs, and they will look at every facet of your compensation claim to ensure that this is achieved.
On our website there is a compensation calculator which we call the 30-second test. This will give you some guidance as to the amount you may receive.
Or, you can telephone our friendly and professional advisors on our freephone number, 0800 180 4123. They will help and assist you all they can.
Date Published: 19th February 2014