Whiplash is a strange injury. It’s widely known, but many people don’t understand it. They may know that it’s a neck injury, but when it comes to the fine detail, they might have no idea.
If you’re suffering with whiplash from a car crash in Hastings, you still might not know all that much about the condition, so read on to find out about it, and what you can do if it’s having a negative effect on your life.
What is whiplash?
Yes, whiplash is a neck injury. Specifically, it is a condition affecting the tendons and ligaments within the neck.
It is caused by the head pulling suddenly, and jerking the neck. Impact causes this, which is why it is such a common injury resulting from car accidents.
How did your whiplash occur? Did it happen at high or low speed? It might well have come as a surprise to you if you were just parking your car and someone rear-ended your vehicle. But sometimes, that’s all it takes to cause whiplash.
As for the seriousness of whiplash, you will be relieved to know that it usually isn’t all that serious. The majority of whiplash cases clear up within a matter of weeks, with just some painkillers and sufficient rest to aid healing.
It’s important that you get yourself checked out by your GP promptly if you think you might have whiplash from a car crash in Hastings. This could be the morning after a car crash, because it can take several hours for the symptoms (chiefly, neck pain and stiffness) to appear.
Can you claim for whiplash from a car crash in Hastings?
Since whiplash injury isn’t particularly serious, certainly when compared with injuries such as multiple fractures, which may lead to emergency treatment, many people simply don’t bother making a claim for compensation.
However, they would be well within their rights to pursue a claim against the other driver. Because whiplash can take a few weeks to heal, and some of this time may be spent off work, people lose earnings. They may also need to hire home helps and take taxis to see their doctor, which results in extra outgoings. Financial problems can occur, all because of an accident that was no fault of the whiplash sufferer.
When you pursue a claim, you have the chance to recover these losses, because if you win your case, you will receive a payout.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline about claiming
To find out whether you’re eligible to claim, and begin your case, why not call Accident Advice Helpline now?
Our hotline can be reached on the following numbers:
- 0800 689 0500 from a landline
- 0333 500 0993 from a mobile
Get in touch with us as soon as you can.