If you are suddenly involved in a road accident in North Lanarkshire, this can be very distressing. If it was not your fault and as a result you ended up getting whiplash or some other injury, then it will be even more traumatic.
Whiplash is when your head has a sudden jerking movement either forwards, backwards, or sideways and is forced out of its normal movement zone. It causes the ligaments and tendons in your neck to become damaged, and this is what a whiplash injury is.
If this happened anywhere else in the body we would call it a sprain, but this is a sprain with a differences because the consequences can be severe. Although car shunts are the most common cause, contact sports are not an unusual cause either, nor is hitting your head in a slip, trip or fall accident. If someone else causes your whiplash injury, you may be able to make a personal injury claim and the easiest way to do this is to contact Accident Advice Helpline.
A road accident in North Lanarkshire – the signs of whiplash
The symptoms of whiplash can vary greatly depending on the severity of the injury, but will leave you in no doubt you have been injured. Some of the symptoms you may experience are:
- Tenderness and pain in the neck muscles
- Lower back pain
- Numbness or pins and needles in the arms and hands
- Muscle spasms and lack of mobility
- Dizziness and blurred vision
- Anxiety and depression
You should seek medical attention in case there are any other problems, such as broken bones, if you suffer any of these symptoms after a road accident in North Lanarkshire.
How to treat whiplash
Most mild cases of whiplash, if you take a little care and rest, will clear up on their own over a few weeks. 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. Painkillers and ice packs are the most effective treatment for mild whiplash.
Chronic whiplash can take a longer time to recover from and not all victims do. In these cases physiotherapy and neck braces might be used to try and relieve the pain, but some victims are left with permanent effects.
Accident Advice Helpline – whiplash injury claims
If you have suffered a whiplash injury and want to make a personal injury compensation claim you should contact Accident Advice Helpline for assistance.
We have been helping the blameless victims of accidents receive the compensation they are entitled to for over 16 years and in that time we have ensured that many thousands of claimants have obtained the personal injury compensation to which they were entitled.
On our website there is a compensation calculator, which we call the 30-second test. This will give you an estimate of the amount you may receive.
Or you can telephone our friendly and professional advisers on our freephone number – 0800 689 0500. They will help and assist you all they can if you decide to pursue the claim.
Date Published: 18th March 2014
Author: David Brown