Whiplash is one of the most common injuries out there – so common in fact, that the chances are you will find yourself suffering from the symptoms of whiplash at some point in your life.
Whiplash is usually caused by car accidents, when a vehicle crashes or stops suddenly, causing the driver’s (or passenger’s) head to snap suddenly backwards and forwards with the momentum of the crash.
However, unlike most other injuries, the symptoms of whiplash don’t manifest themselves until hours after the accident itself. It can take anything from six to twenty four hours for a whiplash injury to be felt – if you have any reason to suspect you may be suffering from this or any other accident-related injury, it is best to take it easy and consult your GP as quickly as possible.
Recognising the symptoms of whiplash
Within a few hours of your accident, you may start to feel some stiffness in your neck. This is likely to be the first sign that you have whiplash. During the next few days, you may also experience one of more of the other symptoms of whiplash, including:
• Persistent headaches
• Insomnia and difficulty getting to sleep
• Pain in the shoulders, arms and/or lower back
• Blurred vision
• A ringing noise in the ears
While some of these symptoms can be alleviated with painkillers and an ice pack, if your pain is very bad, it may be worth getting an x-ray to rule out more serious damage.
How we can help
If you are suffering from whiplash, you will probably have to take time off work or school, and adjust your schedule for at least a week. You are also likely to be in a certain amount of pain and discomfort while you wait for your neck to recover.
If your whiplash was the result of an accident or work-related injury, you may be entitled to compensation for this inconvenience.
Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) has been advising people on personal injury claims, including whiplash, for almost 15 years. Endorsed by Esther Rantzen, we have a team of highly qualified lawyers who would be happy to talk through the details of your injury and any possible claim.
Log onto www.accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk to take our 30-second test to find out whether you have a claim for compensation, or call us in confidence on our freephone helpline.
Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: 5th July 2014
Author: Jan Newell