Whiplash is one of the most common injuries to suffer in a car accident and whiplash compensation injury claims are one of the most common claims that the law firm Accident Advice Helpline deals with. Yet, for you, as an individual, this is probably the first time that you have suffered whiplash and may even be the first time that you have thought about making a personal injury claim. Here is some useful information to help you out at this difficult time.
Whiplash compensation injury claims – symptoms
Whiplash is caused by the neck ligaments becoming overstretched. This happened because your seatbelt stopped your body from being thrown forwards but your head kept going! It is also sometimes called hyperextension and hyperflexion. It is basically a type of sprain but may not actually cause symptoms for several hours after the accident. It is very common in fact, to feel OK at the scene of the crash but to wake up with symptoms the following day. The symptoms include:
- Neck pain
- Neck stiffness
- Not being able to move the neck very far
Some people may also suffer with lower back pain, pins and needles, and tiredness. These symptoms usually get better within a weeks or months.
There is a form of whiplash called chronic whiplash which lasts for much longer. The above symptoms can be severe and can last for six months or more.
Whiplash compensation injury claims – treatment
Some whiplash cases just get better by themselves. It is important to keep your neck moving as maintaining it in one position is only likely to make matters worse. Some people find that pain killers help them to do this but you should only take them if it is safe for you to do so. Physiotherapists can treat whiplash. They will probably use a combination of physical therapy, electrotherapy and exercises to help the symptoms resolve. Some people receive physiotherapy treatment as part of their whiplash compensation injury claims.
Whiplash compensation injury claims – legalities
Claiming compensation for an injury is a legal process and is handled by the expert personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline. They will liaise with the company or person from whom you are claiming compensation. They will gather all the information that is needed and that includes details from yourself. You will need to provide details of the accident and of the injuries. You will also get an opportunity to present information on the money that you have lost because of the whiplash. This may include loss of wages etc. This will probably be handled by post and over the telephone and it is highly unlikely that your case will actually appear in a court.
Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: 6th October 2013
Author: Sharon Parry