Whiplash is an age-old injury that has been around for centuries — the only difference is the nickname it has earned itself because of the most common way of sustaining it in today’s world. It has been called by many different names, such as railway spine when the most common way to get it was in a train crash. Before that it was simply referred to as a sprain in the neck, which is basically what it is. The sudden whipping motion of your head, throwing it out of its normal movement area, damages the tendons and ligaments in your neck, causing a soft tissue injury nicknamed whiplash.
Car shunts are not the only way to get whiplash
Cars running into the back of one another are not the only way to get a whiplash injury. Anything that forces your head to move from its normal movement zone can cause it, such as falling off a bicycle, banging your head as you fall over, or something heavy or forceful knocking your head.
However it happened, if it was through no fault of your own then you may want to speak with our solicitors in Kentish Town so that they can assist you in making a personal injury compensation claim against whoever is responsible.
How painful whiplash can be
Whiplash can be a very painful and disabling injury, depending on how bad your injury is. In its worst form, you may experience:
- Muscle spasms;
- Anxiety and depression;
- Neck pain and stiffness;
- Tenderness in the neck muscles;
- Lower back pain;
- Numbness or pins and needles in the arms and hands;
- Dizziness; and
- Blurred vision.
If any of these symptoms are happening to you after an accident, you should seek out medical attention straight away. This will also help if you intend to make a personal injury compensation claim using our solicitors in Kentish Town.
How whiplash is treated
The treatment of whiplash depends on how bad your injury is. If it is mild then it should clear itself up within a few weeks, even though it will still be quite painful. You should try to exercise it gently every day, so that your neck does not get seized up.
If your whiplash is the severe kind, then you may have to have physiotherapy and stronger painkillers. With chronic whiplash, the length of time it takes to recover can be over a year; some victims are left with a permanent weakness and anxiety and depression.
Whiplash and using our solicitors in Kentish Town
If you have sustained a whiplash injury as a result of an accident that was not your fault, and want to use our solicitors in Kentish Town, then you should contact Accident Advice Helpline for assistance. We have been helping the blameless victims of accidents get access to justice and receive the compensation to which they are entitled for over 15 years, in which time we have handled countless cases of whiplash.
On our website there is a compensation calculator which we call the 30-second test, which will let you know if your claim is valid and give you some guidance as to the amount you may receive. Or, you can telephone our friendly and professional advisors on our freephone number, 0800 180 4123, who will help and assist you all they can.
Date Published: 14th April 2014
Author: David Brown