Whiplash is an injury that has been around as long as humans, and in fact probable longer as animals can get it too. It has no doubt had many nicknames over the centuries, each time a new circumstance starts that causes it, a new one appears.
At the end of the 19th century, it was known as railway spine as the most common way to get it then was in accidents on trains. No one can be certain, but it is a fairly safe bet that the cavemen had their own name for it, as well as the Romans, the Greeks and everyone else.
Its current name comes from the whipping movement that happens when one cars runs into the back over another. Your seatbelt holds your body in place, but lets you head whip backwards and forwards, and this is how the injury is caused.
It is not the only way by any means, there are hundreds of ways this injury can happen, which is why there are so many victims who make a St Helens ‘no win, no fee*’ accident claim for compensation.
The other ways to sustain a whiplash injury that might mean you want to make a St Helens ‘no win, no fee*’ accident claim
Whiplash is basically a sprain in your neck, and any undue pressure on the ligaments and tendons in that area causes it. Just a few of the other ways it can be caused are:Open Claim Calculator
- Heavy lifting done incorrectly
- Falling awkwardly
- Falling from something such as a cycle
- Playing contact sports
- Something solid knocking your head
Immediately after the accident you sustain the injury in, if you are in immediate pain it is unlikely to be a whiplash injury. This usually takes 6-12 hours to manifest itself, and it is often the next day that the victim first feels the pain.
It will then get worse for a few days before it starts to improve, and for some victims they experience other symptoms as well at the start, such as:
- Stiffness in the neck area
- Pins and needles in the arms and hands
- Lower back pain
- Blurred vision
Having to go through all this pain and suffering because of the actions of someone else, is why you are legally entitled to compensation and are why you should make a St Helens ‘no win, no fee*’ accident claim.
Making your St Helens ‘no win, no fee*’ accident claim
When you are ready to make your personal injury claim, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline, as we are the best option for giving your claim its best chance of success, and making sure it reaches its full potential.
Call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone and speak with our friendly advisers, or complete the 30-second test on our website to get an estimate of how much your compensation could be.