Whiplash is a common injury often sustained in Richmondshire road traffic accidents, but there are other causes as well.
Whiplash can be created by anything that causes a sudden stress or shock to the neck because this damages the tendon and ligaments causing a sprain, which is what whiplash is – a sprain in the neck.
A car running into the back of another causes a shock to the car that runs through it all, including the seats. The seat belts hold your body firmly in place, but unless you have your head rest exactly where is it should be, your head will jolt causing the whiplash injury.
This can also happen:
- While playing sports
- Falling from a cycle or motorbike
- On fairground rides
- Falling over awkwardly
- Heavy lifting incorrectly
- Something heavy hitting your head
The effects of whiplash sustained in Richmondshire road traffic accidents
With a mild case of whiplash, the victim will suffer pain in the neck area and stiffness. A more severe case can involve many other symptoms, particularly in the first couple of weeks, when the victim might experience:
- Headaches and migraines
- Dizziness and blurred vision
- Pins and needles, and numbness in the arms and hands
- Lower back pain
- Lack of mobility
Telling the doctor the sorts of symptoms you have and the fact you have been in Richmondshire road traffic accidents is what will lead them to a whiplash diagnosis, as there are currently no medical tests for it.
If the doctor thinks there may be other problems, such as a broken bone, then they may send you for further investigations.
Treating a whiplash injury
Rest is a definite factor in the treatment of whiplash, but so is exercise. It has been found that the more active you are, the quicker the injury heals. Painkillers and icepacks can help as well, and some victims find physiotherapy make it easier.
Whiplash will not threaten your life, but it can threaten your life style. In the worst cases it can heal but leave weakness in the back and neck and in some instances, victims are left with a chronic pain syndrome. Sufferers of this will experience pain every day for the rest of their lives. There is no cure for it, and the best that can be offered is some sort of pain management to try and give some relief.
Claiming compensation for Richmondshire road traffic accidents
Accident Advice Helpline will make sure all circumstances and eventualities are taken into account when making your personal injury compensation claim, no matter what injury you are claiming for.
Contact us on our freephone number, 0800 180 4123, to speak to one of our advisors for friendly and confidential advice, or alternatively complete our online 30-second test for an estimate of how much your compensation could be.
We operate on a No Win No Fee basis, so you have no money to find to start your claim, and no money to find if your case is not won.
Date Published: 13th August 2014