Whiplash is a painful and disabling condition that is often the result of a road traffic accident collision or rear end shunt. Whiplash is caused by the sudden and violent jolting of the neck sideways, forwards or backwards, out of its normal movement zone.
This jerking movement causes the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the neck to be stretched and torn, an injury that anywhere else in the body we would call a sprain.
- pain over the neck muscles
- stiffness of the neck
- head ache
- tenderness of the neck
Causes of whiplash
- road traffic accidents
- falls from height
- sporting accidents
- construction site accidents
- workplace accidents
Treating whiplash injuries
Whiplash should always be diagnosed by a medical practitioner who can rule out other potentially more serious injuries such as broken bones in the neck. Whenever the neck is injured, it is important to ensure that there is no neural damage which can have long term consequences. Whiplash injuries usually become apparent about 6-12 hours following an accident.
For mild to moderate symptoms, rest and painkillers may be prescribed in order to relieve the pain and discomfort. More severe symptoms may require a neck brace to support the damaged tissue and allow movement of the neck. However, these should not be used for a prolonged time as they can restrict the mobility of the neck.
Physiotherapy may be recommended and this can be a long term treatment that may need to be paid for privately, as it is difficult to obtain on the National Health Service and requires a long waiting list.
Making a whiplash claim in Waterstock
If you, or some one you know, have been injured through an accident that wasn’t your fault within the last 3 years’, then you may be legally entitled to claim compensation from a whiplash claim in Waterstock.
Accident Advice Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call and answer any queries you may have about using their injury lawyers in Waterstock.
The helpful and friendly advisers can explain how the team at Accident Advice Helpline will process your injury claim for whiplash through to a successful conclusion using their injury lawyers in Waterstock.
To find out if you may be eligible to make a personal injury compensation claim, just call the helpline, or go online and take part in their unique 30 second test.
You can find out quickly from the comfort of your own home if you can make a claim using their injury lawyers in Waterstock, and get some indication of the amount you may be awarded. Why not take the challenge and put your claim to their unique injury claims compensation test?
Call Accident Advice Helpline today
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 25th November 2013
Author: David Brown