If you have been involved in an accident that has caused you to sustain a whiplash injury, and the accident in question occurred through no fault of your own, then you may wish to find out about the whiplash accident claim process using Accident Advice Helpline to help you.
Whiplash is caused when your neck and head are moved out of their normal comfort zones, either forwards, backwards or sideways. This will cause damage to your ligaments and tendons in your neck, creating a whiplash injury. One of the most common ways in which to sustain whiplash is as a result of a car accident, usually when another vehicle goes into the back of your car with force, although it can occur in other ways.
How you will know you have whiplash
The symptoms of whiplash may not start immediately after the accident and can depend on how severe your whiplash injury is. The symptoms you may experience include:
- Anxiety and stress;
- Neck pain and stiffness;
- Back pain and stiffness;
- Pins and needles in the arms and legs;
- Lack of mobility;
- Dizziness and blurred vision; and
If you have any of these symptoms after an accident, you should visit your doctor straight away to have the injury confirmed. There are no tests to diagnose this condition, although if you explain your accident and symptoms to them then they will a have a good idea.
If they think that you may have done more damage, your doctor might send you to the hospital so that they can X-ray you to see if you have any fractures. They may send you for an MRI or CT scan, just to check that there is not more than a soft tissue injury.
When you make your whiplash accident claim, the official medical report from your doctor will be needed and could prove very useful to the success of your personal injury claim.
Treatment for your whiplash injury
If your whiplash is mild, all you can do is rest and it should heal itself within a few weeks, although you might need painkillers as well. Ice packs are useful to reduce the swelling and a little gentle exercise after a few days will also be good so that you do not seize up.
If your whiplash is severe, then this can take a very long time to get better. Some people are even left with weakness in their neck from which they may never totally recover.
Using the whiplash accident claim process with Accident Advice Helpline
If the accident in which you sustained your injury was the fault of someone else, then you can probably make a whiplash accident claim for compensation against them.
Over the 15 years since we were established, Accident Advice Helpline have helped tens of thousands of claimants to get the compensation they deserved, and many of those claims were for whiplash injuries. We have the expertise you need to make the whole process as simple and efficient as possible.
Try our online 30-second test, which will give you some idea of how much to expect, or call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 and our advisors will be pleased to assist you.
Category: Whiplash claims