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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

    Whiplash associated disorder

    If you are suffering from a whiplash associated disorder, from an accident which was through no fault of your own, then you may want to make a compensation claim with Accident Advice Helpline.

    Whiplash itself is not a life threatening condition, but in its severest form it can be life changing. A mild case should heal in just a few weeks, but there are cases where the victim never fully recovers and other cases where they develop a whiplash associated disorder.

    One of theses is chronic pain syndrome, which leaves the victim in pain for as long as they live. It is pain that can vary from day to day in which part of the body is affected, and how sever the pain is. There is no cure for this, and all that can be done to help is to try and manage the pain with various drugs.

    How whiplash is sustained to start with

    Their are many ways to suffer a whip lash injury, such as:

    • Tripping over a broken paving slab. Most times the victim would hope no one has seem them trip and just walk away. But if that trip sends you to the ground, you could knock your head on a wall, or some other object, and cause it to jolt out of its normal movement zone.
    • Being thrown from your cycle, or horse. Potholes are a sure fire way for this to happen. Hitting one could throw the cyclist, and the horse could lose balance if they trip down one. Both actions that cause that all-important jolt to your head.
    • Being hit on the head with some force. If you were walking through the park while there is a rugby match being played, and were unlucky enough to be in the wrong place when a ball is thrown and leaves the pitch, the force with which it would hit your head would cause the jolting movement.
    • A faulty restraint on a fairground ride. On something like a roller coaster this could mean you are thrown from pillar to post, you head being constantly jolted.

    These are just a few ways in which a whiplash injury can happen.

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    Who settles an injury claim, because of a whiplash associated disorder?

    That will depend on the type of accident that you suffered your whiplash in. Obviously if it happened because a car went into the back of your car with some force, then this would be settled by the motor insurance company of the person responsible.

    Making a claim for a whiplash associated disorder

    Complete our 30-second test on the Accident Advice Line or call our freephone helpline on 0800 180 4123. Either way, you will receive the highest quality service from start to finish.

    Date Published: 5th May 2014

    Author: Louise Thacker

    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 with licence number 591058 and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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