Many people are surprised to learn that they have sustained a whiplash injury and that they can make a whiplash claim in St Johns Wood as a result of an accident that didn’t involve motor vehicles – but it can, and does, happen!
How is whiplash caused?
The fundamental thing necessary for a whiplash injury to occur is sudden impact. It is this sudden impact which causes the head to jerk, and it is the jerking motion that puts strain on the neck’s tendons and ligaments. The pain you feel a few hours later, or the following day, is because of this – as is the stiffness and tenderness.
Once you know that sudden impact is the cause of whiplash, it is easy to see how it might not just be car accidents that are responsible for it.
What are some of the other ways in which you can suffer whiplash?
Slips and falls cause it. This could happen if you’re walking on an icy path that hasn’t been gritted, for example, or on a polished floor, where there is no warning sign up to alert you to the fact that it’s a slippery surface.
You might sustain whiplash if you fall off your bike, too. You might hit a pothole, which causes a sudden jolt, resulting in your falling on the ground.
People playing sports need to be careful, too. If you get a blow to the head, that can cause whiplash!
What to do if you get a whiplash injury
The first thing you should do is ensure that your health doesn’t suffer, so you should get down to the doctor’s surgery as soon as possible. This means you will be checked out, receive a diagnosis, and have your mind put at rest that you haven’t suffered any other injuries (or if you have, they will be picked up on).
After that, you need to follow your doctor’s advice.
What does recovery from whiplash entail?
The usual way to recover from a whiplash injury is to get sufficient rest, and take painkillers as directed by your GP. Received wisdom may dictate that a neck brace is necessary, but this is not the case – in fact, immobilising the neck could cause further problems!
You should take things easy for a while, though – take some time off work, if necessary. You probably won’t need more than a few days off, because recovery is usually complete within a matter of weeks.
Call Accident Advice Helpline and make a whiplash claim in St Johns Wood
You may find that your financial situation suffers during your recovery, especially if you take time off work and you have to hire a home help. If you make a whiplash claim in St Johns Wood, or anywhere else in the UK, and you win your case, you will receive a payout, which means you can claw back these losses.
Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, and speak to an advisor now. Alternatively, text “claim365” to 88010.