Before answering the question “How does whiplash feel?”, let’s look at how you can sustain whiplash and what it is.
What is whiplash?
You can sustain whiplash, a neck injury, when your head jerks violently backwards and forwards or from side to side. You may suffer it in a car crash, if you have a blow to the head or if you slip, trip or fall. Symptoms of whiplash are pain and/or stiffness in the neck. You may not be able to move your head without experiencing pain, so whiplash is painful. Generally, whiplash gets better completely after a month.
How does whiplash feel if it is severe?
Whiplash usually gets better on its own and it is not always a good idea to wear a collar, as you need to move your head for whiplash to improve. Sometimes, however, whiplash symptoms can last for six months or more, but this would be termed chronic whiplash. If you suffer from this, you may find the pain so bad that you cannot carry out your daily routine tasks, and you may not be able to enjoy your leisure time. You may become depressed and sometimes you may also suffer from vertigo after suffering whiplash. If your neck pain is interfering with your ability to function normally then you should visit your GP, who may need to refer you to a special pain clinic for assessment and perhaps for further treatment.
False claims for whiplash
Unfortunately, because whiplash is a common injury (although it affects more women than men) and you are not usually X-rayed, there have been bogus claims. That being so, one wonders why someone would ask the question “How does whiplash feel?”
It was reported in August 2013 that people travelling on a coach had set up a bogus accident on a roundabout so that they could all claim whiplash injury compensation. The insurance company for the coach on which they were travelling is reported to have a £5,000 maximum pay-off for whiplash injury compensation. The plan was discovered and four men appeared in court charged with making fraudulent insurance claims.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you have a genuine whiplash injury and would like a personal injury solicitor to represent you, if you received the injury within the last three years in an accident for which another person was to blame then you can call us here at Accident Advice Helpline for expert legal advice and representation.
You may want to visit our website, or perhaps you would prefer to contact us by phone immediately. You can call us on our freephone numbers. From a landline call 0800 689 0500, or from your mobile call 0333 500 0993. As the lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, why not call us now for expert legal advice?
Date Published: 14th September 2013
Category: Whiplash claims