If you suffer whiplash after a car crash and need medical treatment, if the accident was through no fault of your own then you should contact the solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline, so they can help you to make a personal injury compensation claim against the person who was responsible for your accident.
Some people laugh and joke about whiplash, and they do not believe that it is a real injury. However, if you have ever suffered from it — maybe because you sustained whiplash after a car crash — then you will understand just how much of a painful and disabling injury it can be. A whiplash injury can stop you from doing everyday tasks for yourself while you are recovering, and this can make life very difficult.
If the whiplash you suffer is mild, then it will probably still keep you low and out-of-sorts for a few weeks. Apart from some gentle exercise to stop your neck from seizing up, you should do very little and rest as much as possible. Moderate whiplash is similar, but takes longer to heal.
Severe whiplash after a car crash
If you suffer severe whiplash after a car crash it can take a very long time from which to recover, and some victims are left with a permanent weakness in their neck or back. Other treatments, such as physiotherapy and massage, may give some relief to sufferers of severe whiplash injuries. Severe sufferers could also experience other symptoms such as:
- Blurred vision and dizziness;
- Backaches and pains in their limbs;
- Pins and needles and numbness in their limbs; and
Whiplash is not always immediately apparent after an accident — quite often the victim does not realise they have a neck injury until the next day. If you are in a car crash and appear to have no symptoms, do not be surprised if when you wake up after a night’s sleep you are in an awful lot of pain and are very stiff in the neck area.
Whiplash is an injury that usually gets worse before it starts to improve, so it is important that you seek medical attention and be guided by your doctor’s advice.
Making a claim for whiplash after a car crash
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have been assisting victims to make personal injury claims for over 15 years, many of which have been for whiplash injuries. One of the first things claimants usually ask us is how much are they likely to receive. If you complete the 30-second test on our website, it will let you know if your claim is valid and also give you an estimate of how much your compensation could be worth if successfully claimed.
Computers frighten some people and they would rather have a chat to someone about their situation. If you feel this way, call our freephone helpline on 0800 180 4123 and speak to one of our friendly advisors for all the help and support you will need.
Date Published: 30th April 2014
Author: Louise Thacker