Developed painful whiplash? Get your claim moving with the expert personal injury solicitors in Kempton Park
Whiplash is a relatively common condition which is generally associated with road traffic accidents, such as rear-end shunts. However, whiplash can also be caused by other types of accidents and isn’t exclusively caused by road traffic collisions. If you have suffered whiplash as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault within the last three years, then you can pursue a personal injury compensation claim using the expertise of Accident Advice Helpline’s personal injury solicitors in Kempton Park.
So, how does whiplash occur?
Whiplash occurs when the neck is suddenly and violently thrown forwards, backwards or sideways, causing the delicate soft tissues of the neck to become torn and damaged. Even if protective helmets are worn and seatbelts used, whiplash is still caused by the force of the impact.
Is a stiff neck a sign of whiplash?
Whiplash symptoms take hours to develop following an incident, and symptoms may not be apparent until the day following the incident. Symptoms may include the following:
- Stiffness of the neck and shoulders;
- Pain across the neck and discomfort when moving;
- Lack of movement or function of the head and neck;
- Depression; and
Causes of whiplash
Whiplash can be caused by accidents such as:
- Road traffic accidents, including collisions with other vehicles and rear-end shunts;
- Riding accidents and falls from moving horses;
- Cycling accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Falls from height such as scaffolding towers and platforms;
- Skiing accidents;
- Sports accidents involving heavy contact, such as rugby and boxing; and
- Slips and trips involving stairs.
Seeking a diagnosis
Any accident or incident involving a trauma to the neck and/or head should always be investigated by a medical practitioner in order to establish any damage caused and commence treatment. A GP may be the first medical practitioner seen by a patient. They will carry out a thorough examination of the neck and head, assessing the range of movement and the degree of damage to the soft tissues. Rest and painkillers may be suggested, along with the use of a neck brace or collar to support the neck whilst it heals and allow for a limited range of movement.
Contact us at Accident Advice Helpline now
To get in touch with one of our personal injury solicitors in Kempton Park,call us at Accident Advice Helpline now. You can contact us at any time as our phone lines are always open.
Call us from a landline on our freephone number, 0800 689 0500, or from mobiles ring 0333 500 0993.
We can call you to find out how we can help with your potential claim if you send us the text message “claim365” to 88010.
Call or text us now for expert advice about any potential claim.
Date Published: 11th January 2014
Author: David Brown