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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

    Treating whiplash


    Did you know that there are quite literally hundreds of people every day in the United Kingdom who are left suffering from whiplash injuries because of a variety of accidents that could have been avoided? As the victim of an accident that has left you affected you will want to know more about treating whiplash but you will also want to know if you are eligible to receive personal injury compensation.

    Have you suffered whiplash through no fault of your own?

    Sadly you are not alone; there are hundreds of thousands of people just like you who have been suffering from whiplash injuries due to accidents caused by others. By far the most common whiplash-related accident is that occurring on the roads of the UK. Road traffic accidents (RTAs) often result in passengers and drivers alike being left to contend with whiplash after their accident.

    What makes whiplash different from other injuries you could sustain in a road traffic accident is the fact that it does not manifest itself right away. Six to twelve hours after your accident is the most likely period of time to elapse before you begin to experience the pain and symptoms of whiplash.

    The same applies to those individuals who have been injured in a slip, trip or fall. It could well be the case that they are able to pick themselves up, or someone else helps them up, but it is not until later that they realise that it hasn’t just been their pride that has been hurt. This is when it may well become necessary to make a personal injury claim.

    What treatment is available for whiplash?

    Treating whiplash is not something that can always be done easily. It is also not always the case that the treatment afforded the condition will cure it. Many injured parties, particularly at the scene of an accident, will be advised to apply ice packs to their necks, shoulders etc. if they later experience pains in those areas.

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    While this may work for mild cases of whiplash, for those suffering from more severe cases this treatment is simply not going to make much difference. Indeed if your whiplash is so severe that it has been categorised by your GP or other medical practitioner as chronic, then you may have to undergo some degree of chiropractic treatment.

    A chiropractor may well offer some/or all of the following:

    • Spinal manipulation
    • Muscle relaxation or stimulation of affected muscles
    • MacKenzie exercises
    • Ergonomic lifestyle alterations

    While every attempt can and will be made to reduce the pain and return you to full health it is not always the case that treating whiplash will work. That is not to say that they do not work, but given the severity of some cases treating whiplash simply will not have the desired effect.

    How do you make a claim for whiplash?

    Lines are open daily and our advisers will explain how the process works and also ascertain if you are eligible based on when the accident happened, how it happened and who was at fault. They will then pass your details onto our team of no win, no fee* solicitors who are experts in securing personal injury compensation.

    Contact Accident Advice Helpline today by calling us on our freephone number 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 (mobile) and discuss the nature of your accident and injuries with one of our team of advisers.

    Date Published: 8th July 2014

    Author: Jan Newell

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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