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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Whiplash injuries


    If you have recently been in an accident and have suffered whiplash injuries you may well face a long period of rehabilitation, not to mention pain and the additional psychological stress caused by the incident. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we are able to help you if you wish to pursue a claim for compensation.

    Did your accident cause whiplash?

    The causes of whiplash injuries vary according to the accident you have been involved in, but there are common features. Whiplash means that your neck is severely strained. This strain may be caused in a car accident, but equally any sudden collision can cause whiplash. In most whiplash injuries, the head jerks hard – forwards, backwards or to the side – and this is what causes the neck strain. In severe cases, this sudden force will tear tendons and muscles, and can be excruciating.

    Effects of whiplash injuries can be varied, but usually cause tenderness or severe pain. You may also experience a degree of stiffness and in the worst cases you may have a loss of movement in the neck. Other side effects include headaches, pain running down your shoulders and arms, as well as muscle spasms as a result of the over-extension of your neck’s typical range of movement.

    Dealing with whiplash injuries

    How you set about dealing with whiplash injuries will be between you and the medical experts who are treating you. Depending on the extent of your whiplash, and how chronic it is considered to be, you may be offered anti-inflammatories, painkillers or a series of exercises to do. To begin with you will need to keep your neck still, so you may be provided with a neck brace for a very short period of time. From there you will progress to gentle exercises to improve your range of movement.

    If your condition continues to be a problem, physiotherapy will be a useful option. You’ll be given a range of exercises to do at home to improve the movement you have in your neck. You’ll also be encouraged to work on good posture, and it may help you to have a supportive pillow and mattress.

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    Making a claim for whiplash

    If you are considering claiming for whiplash injuries, you are welcome to get in touch with us here at Accident Advice Helpline. We have years of experience in dealing with whiplash injuries, as well as all other accidents, because after all, it’s what we’re good at.

    You can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Our personal injury team will be happy to explain the process of making a claim for compensation and advise you on what to do next. You’ll be amazed by how easy it is. And if you’re worried about the cost of claiming for whiplash injuries, don’t be. Accident Advice Helpline work on a no win, no fee basis and there are no upfront fees to pay. Get in touch today.

    Date Published: 9th December 2012

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with licence number 591058 and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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