Causes of whiplash
Whiplash can be caused by any impact or trauma that causes the head to effectively be “whipped” back and forth.
When this takes place, the muscles and tendons underneath become strained, inflamed and sore. It is common for whiplash to develop after a car accident such as a head-on, rear-end or multi-car collision. Even a relatively minor accident at slow speed can lead to whiplash, as can other accidents entirely. Any time the muscles and tendons in the neck are hyperextended, whiplash can occur.
This stretching and tearing of the muscles and tendons can leave the sufferer in chronic pain, nursing a number of unpleasant side effects.
While they may take a few hours to develop due to the body going into shock immediately following the accident, when the symptoms develop, they are easy to recognise:
- Immobility, inflammation and pain when moving around
- Tenderness in the neck area
- Pain in the shoulders and back
- Tingling in the arms and hands
If you think you have sustained a whiplash injury in Caersws, seek prompt medical attention for a formal diagnosis. To treat whiplash, your doctor may recommend icing the injury and keeping the neck immobile. This will help to reduce the swelling, as will anti-inflammatory medications. Depending on the severity of your injury, your doctor may also recommend that you wear a neck brace to keep the neck still in the early stages of recovery. Massage or ultrasound therapy, chiropractic treatment and physiotherapy may also be prescribed.
Could you claim compensation for your whiplash injury in Caersws?
If you have suffered a whiplash injury in Caersws, under certain circumstances, you could be eligible to make a compensation claim.
If you can prove that you were not at fault for your accident, that someone else’s negligence caused it to come about and this took place within the past three years, you could be within your legal rights to make a claim. Accident Advice Helpline is a full service law firm dedicated to helping people that have been hurt through no fault of their own to receive the maximum amount possible in compensation.
We help award over £30 million in compensation payouts a year, with many of the recipients being whiplash victims. To find out how much you could receive for your injury, fill in our thirty-second claims calculator. This online tool can show you a rough estimate of damages if you’re eligible to claim, and if you decide to do so, our nationwide team of lawyers is available to help.
With no money required up front to start a claim, it’s never been easier to get started. Simply get a quote, give us a call, and we’ll work hard to get you the maximum amount possible in a payout. To find out more, contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 180 4123.
Date Published: 3rd May 2014
Author: David Brown