What is whiplash and how does it affect you?
How could whiplash be described? Those who have suffered this injury will tell you that it can be painful. In fact, it can be incredibly uncomfortable, with no way of easing the ache or pain in the neck. It can also be accompanied by a pins and needles sensation in the arms and hands, along with a throbbing headache.
The hard truth is that, as an injury, whiplash after an accident can also take time to develop. The hours after an accident can see an increase in intensity and pain.
Painkillers are often prescribed to someone suffering from whiplash and, depending on the severity of the injury, physiotherapy can also be needed some weeks after the accident.
Can you claim for whiplash from a car crash in Huddersfield?
Claiming for a whiplash injury is a possibility but, as with all claims for compensation, there must be three factors present in the case in order for the accident victim to qualify for compensation.
- The car crash must not have been your fault
Car accidents and collisions happen for all kinds of different reasons. The person who crashed in to you may not be skilled and experienced at driving, or their car may not be roadworthy. Their tyres could be defective, for example. They may have been driving at excessive speed, too. The list could go on.
The important thing to note is that you must not have been at fault. If the police were called to the accident, there will be a report, and this could be included in your report but don’t worry if the police were not involved. Your could still be eligible to claim.
- Your injuries will need to have been assessed
In most cases after a car crash, people seek the help and advice of a medical professional. In most cases of whiplash, this is the case simply because the injury is so painful. Many doctors will refer whiplash victims for an X-ray to check that there is no damage to the neck or spine.
- The accident must have happened in the last three years
Anyone who has suffered whiplash from a car crash in Huddersfield has three years within which to make a claim for compensation, starting from the point it can be reasonably assumed the accident was the cause of their injuries.
In most cases, this is a date that people will not forget for a long time: the date on which their accident happened.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible
If you have suffered whiplash from a car crash in Huddersfield that was not your fault, why not call Accident Advice Helpline for advice on how to claim compensation?
Call us on 0800 689 0500 from your landline or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile and speak to an advisor.