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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

    Symptoms of whiplash injuries

    Whiplash is the most common type of personal injury, accounting for over 70% of all bodily injury claims made in the UK. It occurs when the tendons and ligaments in the neck become overstretched as a result of the sudden jolting of the head.

    Road accidents are the main cause of whiplash injuries, but they can also occur following:

    • Sudden blows to the head during contact sports such as rugby
    • Slips, trips and falls in which the head is suddenly jolted backwards
    • Sudden blows to the head caused by heavy objects falling from a height

    After an accident, the symptoms of whiplash injuries often take six to 12 hours to develop. Symptoms you will need to look out for include:

    • Neck pain, stiffness and tenderness
    • Reduced and/or painful neck movement
    • Headaches

    Less common symptoms include:

    • Lower back pain
    • Pain, numbness and tingling in your hands and arms
    • Muscle spasms
    • Tiredness
    • Dizziness
    • Blurred vision

    If you have developed any of the symptoms of whiplash injuries following a road traffic accident or sudden blow to the head, you should visit your local A&E department or GP’s surgery.

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    Claim compensation for the symptoms of whiplash injuries

    The symptoms of whiplash injuries will usually resolve themselves without treatment, but in a small number of cases, basic treatment will be required. If you have been diagnosed with whiplash, your doctor may advise you to move your neck rather than keep it still. If you are able to keep your neck mobile, you will speed up your recovery.

    In some cases, the symptoms of your whiplash injury may last for six months or longer. This is known as chronic whiplash syndrome. If you experience prolonged pain, you may struggle to carry out normal, everyday activities. In this instance, you should consider making a claim for whiplash compensation.

    At Accident Advice Helpline, our personal injury solicitors can make the compensation claims process as simple and stress free as possible. Working for you on on a 100% ‘no win, no fee’ basis, they will fight for you every step of the way, ensuring that you receive the compensation you deserve from the individual who caused your injury.

    To make a claim through one of our experts, please call our Freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim for compensation.

    Date Published: 5th July 2014

    Author: Jan Newell

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