Whiplash is a difficult injury to self-diagnose. Unlike a cut or a bruise it may appear invisible, and unlike a sprain or a fracture it may not hurt immediately. However, it can have a debilitating effect, making upper body movements painful and creating a whole host of side effects including headaches, insomnia, blurred vision, dizziness and tinnitus.
But what’s whiplash exactly? How do you know if you have it?
Whiplash is essentially the name for any neck injury caused when the head is suddenly and without warning pulled back or forward. It is most commonly associated with traffic accidents, where a vehicle crashes or stops suddenly at high speed.
The first symptom of whiplash is a stiffness in the neck, which may be accompanied by some swelling. The stiffness will give way to a more consistent pain over time and you may find it difficult to turn your head as usual. In very bad cases, the pain of whiplash can extend all the way down your back, across your shoulders and even into your arms. A neck brace can help to keep your neck in place to avoid further discomfort, while painkillers will ease the ache.
However, you may not realise you have whiplash until many hours, or even days, after your injury. If you are not sure what whiplash is, see your doctor for a professional diagnosis, and consult your legal team for advice on pursuing compensation for your injury.
How we can help
Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) has been helping people win personal injury claims since 2000, and our law firm is ready to handle your claim while you get on with your recovery. We have seen hundreds of whiplash cases and can advise you on how to proceed following you injury. If you think you may have contracted whiplash as a result of an accident, you may have a case for a compensation claim.
Call our freephone helpline in confidence to speak with a member of our team, with no obligation to proceed. Alternatively, log onto www.accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk and take our 30-second test to find out whether or not you may be entitled to compensation as a result of your whiplash.
Date Published: 11th July 2014
Author: Jan Newell