Had a whiplash injury? Find out more with our guide to making an injury claim after a road traffic accident in Ottery St Mary
What is a whiplash injury?
Whiplash is diagnosed as an injury to the neck which occurs when the head is suddenly jolted backwards and then forwards or sideways. It is a common injury following a sudden impact such as a road traffic accident in Ottery St Mary, particularly if your vehicle is involved in a rear end shunt.
What are the symptoms of a whiplash injury?
- Pain and stiffness in the neck caused by damage to the ligaments and tendons
- Pain and reduction in the movement of the neck
- tenderness of the neck muscles
Onset of these symptoms is not always immediate and may take 6-12 hours to develop, starting with neck pain and stiffness which can worsen over the days following an accident.
What are the causes of whiplash that can result in an injury claim in Ottery St Mary?
- Road traffic accident as a driver or passenger
- After playing contact sports such as boxing and rugby and receiving a blow to the head
- Following a slip, trip or fall and receiving a sudden and violent jolt backwards as you fall
- Head injury after being hit with a heavy or solid object
How is whiplash diagnosed?
It is usually diagnosed by a GP and this should be your first point of contact if you are experiencing neck pain and stiffness following a road traffic accident or slip, trip or fall which has injured your head or neck. The GP will take a detailed history of your accident and symptoms, examine your neck for tenderness, muscle spasms and assess your range of movement. If necessary, you may be referred to a hospital for a CT or MRI scan, if the GP suspects that you have suffered a fracture.
What is the treatment for a whiplash injury?
- Treatment for a whiplash injury may involve pain killers such as paracetamol or an anti inflammatory drug to relieve pain and reduce tissue
- A brace or neck collar to support the head although mobility is recommended to speed recovery and increase function of the damaged tissue
- A range of exercises and physiotherapy to increase movement and aid recovery
How do I start an injury claim in Ottery St Mary?
If you have suffered a whiplash injury, then it is simple to find out if you can make an injury claim in Ottery St Mary. Just call Accident Advice Helpline to obtain no obligation advice that is relevant to your circumstances. They offer a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week professional helpline that is dedicated to giving a reliable, dependable and accountable service whenever you call. With a unique 30 second test, you can find out from the privacy of your own home if you can make an injury claim in Ottery St Mary today.
Date Published: 5th September 2013