Whiplash can be difficult to self-diagnose because the symptoms don’t appear right away, and will differ with each person. If you have been involved in a car accident or other incident where your head was pulled back and forward with some force, the chances are you have whiplash.
But what are the symptoms for whiplash and how do you treat this injury?
What are the symptoms for whiplash?
The first symptoms of whiplash will begin to appear a few hours after your accident, although it can take up to 24 hours for the pain to begin.
You may begin to feel some stiffness in your neck, which will turn into a chronic neck pain which may stretch down your upper back and across into your shoulders.
Other side effects of whiplash can include persistent and painful headaches, dizziness, blurred vision and a ringing in the ears. As a result of these symptoms you may struggle to concentrate and to sleep.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms with in a day or two of a car accident, you are likely to be suffering from whiplash.
How do you treat the symptoms for whiplash?
If you suspect you may have whiplash, consult your doctor. Your GP will know immediately what are the symptoms for whiplash and can advise you on which course of action you should take.
In severe cases you may need to have an x-ray taken to rule out more serious damage, or be required to wear a neck brace for a while, to ease the pressure on your neck while you recover. However, in most cases you will simply require rest and a few powerful painkillers while the swelling dissipates.
How we can help
Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) has been helping people claim compensation for whiplash and other personal injuries since the law firm was established in 2000. If you suspect you may be suffering from whiplash as the result of an accident which wasn’t your fault, we may be able to help.
Our legal team is available 24/7 on our freephone helpline, where you can speak to us in confidence and with no obligation to proceed with your claim.
To find out if you have a case for compensation, log onto www.accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk and take our 30-second test.
Date Published: 10th July 2014
Author: Jan Newell