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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    RTA injury


    If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a road traffic accident that you were a blameless victim of, and you suffered an RTA injury that needed medical attention, you may want to talk with an injury solicitor about making a personal injury claim, providing the accident happened within the last three years.

    One of the most common RTA injuries that occurs from a car accident is whiplash

    This is because of the sudden jolting of the neck, which damages the tendons and ligaments causing damage in the neck and 78% of all motoring claims are for whiplash. Whiplash is a fairly modern nickname given to this injury; it is not a medical term and was not a new injury that only came with the invention of the car.

    Even our oldest ancestors could have sustained the injury because it happens in so many ways, and is not just an RTA injury.  It could be that you get it:

    • Playing contact sports such as boxing or field games
    • Having something heavy or solid hit your head
    • Anything that makes your head jerk suddenly out of its normal movement zone
    • Banging your head in a slip, strip or fall
    • Falling from a bicycle

    Most people associate a whiplash injury with a rear end shunt between two cars and are often quite shocked to realise that they have sustained it in some other way. Really though, it does not matter how you got your whiplash injury, as long as it was in an accident that was not your own fault and happened within the last three years, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

    The symptoms of Whiplash:

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    These can differ greatly, and the more severe then the more of the symptoms you will experience. Unlike most conditions, it does not always manifest itself until a few days after the accident, but when the symptoms start to show you should seek medical treatment, not just to aid your injury claim, but to help make your recovery as easy as possible and so that other problems can be investigated.

    Here are some of the most common symptoms:

    • Pain in the neck area which can also be stiff
    • Pains or pins and needles in arms and legs
    • Tiredness and trouble sleeping
    • Dizziness and blurred vision
    • Vertigo
    • Ringing in the ears
    • Jaw pain
    • Headaches
    • Nausea
    • Back pain and stiffness

    If you have a mild case of whiplash, then this can heal in just a few weeks, moderate whiplash a few months and chronic whiplash much longer.  In fact some victims never fully recover from chronic whiplash; it can leave weaknesses in the back and neck.

    How to make your whiplash injury claim for an RTA injury

    The easiest way to make a whiplash injury claim is to contact Accident Advice Helpline, just like claims for any other type of accident and injuries.

    Our in house solicitors have the knowledge and expertise to deal with the large organisations usually involved at the other end of your claim. They will make sure the claim is dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible

    You can make contact by using our freephone number, 0800 180 4123, and speaking to one of our friendly advisors who will help you all they can, and start your claim should you wish to proceed.

    Date Published: 19th March 2014

    Author: David Brown

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