If you are trying to find out how you get whiplash from a road traffic accident in Caernarfon and then start a claim for compensation, you have probably recently been injured in a road traffic accident. You may have been the driver of the vehicle or a passenger – both can suffer from whiplash. Here we tell you some more about this common neck injury and explain how you could start a personal injury claim.
How do you get whiplash from a road traffic accident in Caernarfon and claim compensation?
Whiplash is not an injury of the bones. Instead it is an injury of the soft tissues of the neck and this means ligaments, tendons and muscles. It can be very painful and very debilitating – it can affect your ability to carry out everyday tasks such as:
- Driving your car
- Going to work
- Doing housework
- Doing gardening
- Looking after young children
For this reason, it can also cost you money and a compensation claim can help you get some of this money back.
Whiplash injuries – the causes
It is not that easy to answer the question ‘How do you get whiplash in Caernarfon?’ because there are many ways in which this injury can take place. The most common is some type of car accident. This could have been an accident at a junction, a roundabout or on an open stretch of road.
During the collision, your body is thrown forwards but it is stopped by your seat belt. However, your head carries on moving and is then flung backwards at high speed. This causes the stretching and tearing of the soft tissues of the neck that causes whiplash.
The head rest of your seat is designed to minimise the severity of the whiplash that you suffer but it will not stop it altogether. If the head rest is fitted correctly, it will stop your head from moving too far backwards.
Symptoms of whiplash
The symptoms of whiplash can start up to 24 hours after the accident that caused them and include a stiff and sore neck, headaches, pins and needles in the arms and legs and dizziness.
Contacting Accident Advice Helpline about whiplash
If you have suffered whiplash in an accident that was not your own fault, we can help you to claim compensation. You only have three years in which to make your claim and you must have received medical attention for your injuries.
Start by picking up the phone and calling us here at Accident Advice Helpline. You can reach us on 0800 689 0500 from your landline or on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Take steps to win your claim, if you’ve suffered whiplash from a road traffic accident in Caernarfon, today!