Did you know that you may be able to make a whiplash compensation claim in Peterborough?
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries caused in a car accident, but you can sustain it in many other ways as well. Anything that causes a sudden jolt to your head can damage the soft tissues in your neck, creating the whiplash injury. A few examples of how this might happen include:
- A rear-end shunt between two vehicles;
- Contact sports such as rugby, boxing or martial arts;
- Slipping, tripping or falling and banging your head as you land; and
- Something heavy or solid knocking your head.
There are some situations in which the injury is made more likely because of the position you are in: in a car or fairground ride, for example, the seatbelt or restraint holds your body firmly in place for safety reasons, but they also make a sudden jolt to the head more likely.
However, the injuries that could be sustained if you did not wear a seatbelt or restraint could be much worse, so it is always better to wear them than not.
How to diagnose whiplash after a car accident
There are no tests that your doctor can do to diagnose whiplash. They diagnose it by you explaining that you have been in an accident and telling them your symptoms. They will base their diagnosis on this information, but may send you for tests if they think there may be other problems such as broken bones.
Symptoms of whiplash
The symptoms of the condition vary greatly from victim to victim, but at its worst whiplash can include:
- Pain to the neck area;
- Stiffness and lack of movement to the neck;
- Pins and needles in the arms and legs;
- Muscle spasms;
- Blurred vision;
- Dizziness; and
Treatment for whiplash
The majority of whiplash cases will clear up on their own after a few weeks of plenty of rest mixed with a little gentle exercise. You may be given painkillers and ice packs to relieve the pain, and in the worst cases you may have to wear a neck brace and have physiotherapy.
Making your whiplash compensation claim in Peterborough
Accident Advice Helpline will get your claim sorted efficiently and to its maximum value, as we do for all claimants who make a personal injury compensation claim. We have the expertise and knowledge needed to give a high quality service to our customers – something of which we are proud and which makes us as successful as we are.
To discuss your whiplash compensation claim in Peterborough, simply call 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.