A whiplash injury claim may result from a car accident, since this is the most likely of a few causes of whiplash injuries. Sports accidents can also result in this injury occurring. The injury can range from a mild neck sprain that takes a few days to heal, to an acute injury that may last several months, if not longer. Fortunately, these cases are rare. Many people view whiplash as a minor injury; in fact it can be debilitating even in the short term, with long-term chronic pain affecting a small minority of those injured. You could make a whiplash injury claim if somebody else has caused your accident, whether you sustained whiplash as a result of slipping on a wet floor or after a road traffic accident.
With over 16 years’ experience in the personal injury industry, Accident Advice Helpline has handled hundreds of claims for whiplash and we know just how frustrating an injury it can be. If you’ve taken time off work after your accident and you’re wondering if there’s anything you can do, you could get in touch with us to find out more about making a claim.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is caused when the head and neck is jolted suddenly forwards and backwards. In the case of road traffic accidents, this commonly occurs when a vehicle you are in is struck from behind, causing your seat belt to lock and your head to be flung forward. When this happens, you can end up overstretching the soft tissues in your neck, thereby causing whiplash. But whiplash could also be caused after a slip, trip or fall where your head and neck are jolted, causing similar injuries. When claiming for whiplash injuries, the severity of the injuries will be assessed. If your claim succeeded, the amount you may potentially receive would depend on the extent of those injuries and how long they lasted for. Accident Advice Helpline will also take into account any financial losses you have suffered when handling your whiplash injury claim. For example, if you have taken two months off work to recover from chronic pain caused by whiplash, we would look at your loss of earnings over this period and you would be compensated accordingly.
Symptoms of whiplash injuries
Dealing with whiplash injuries is difficult at times, because they can present you with a stiff neck, headaches, an inability to move your neck without pain, and a feeling of dizziness and nausea at times, as well. Pain in the shoulders, back and arms is not uncommon, and many people feel very unwell for a week or two after their accident. Although most people recover from whiplash within a week or two without medical treatment, in a small number of cases, chronic whiplash can become an issue, where pain is still present even many months after the accident. As you can imagine, this can have a serious impact on your life, leaving you unable to work, play sports or enjoy your usual social activities. The effects of whiplash injuries can be far reaching.
Very often, people do not realise they have been affected until some hours have passed since the accident. The effects of adrenaline and the shock of the accident can be partly to blame, but the injury can take time to present itself anyway. For this reason, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as you notice the symptoms of whiplash, whether that’s 24 hours after your accident or a week later.
Treatment for whiplash
In the past, it was common for patients suffering from whiplash to be given a neck brace to wear. Nowadays, medical professionals have realised that the neck heals faster when it is kept mobile, so being fitted with a neck brace or collar is highly unlikely. Instead, your neck will be examined to ascertain the extent of the damage and you may be advised to take time off work and take painkillers to ease discomfort. Normally you will be given some exercises to do to help keep your neck mobile, and to speed up the healing process. Most people start to feel better within a week or two, but it can take longer depending on how fast you usually heal. If you have suffered other injuries as well as whiplash, this could also affect your treatment process and healing period.
What’s the average award for a whiplash injury claim?
Be wary of any personal injury lawyer who gives you figures for the ‘average’ whiplash injury claim – there is no such thing. Accident Advice Helpline has helped thousands of people to claim whiplash compensation since 2000 and no two claims are the same – we handle each and every claim on an individual basis. So if you have suffered whiplash it’s worth bearing that in mind. However, you may want to take the 30-second test on our website for an idea of what you could be entitled to claim, but bear in mind that this is only a guide.
Can you make a whiplash injury claim?
While the cost of claiming for whiplash injuries might come into your mind, you shouldn’t worry. Accident Advice Helpline’s team of professional personal injury lawyers operates on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis. This means that there are no upfront legal fees to worry about and any fees that do become due will be deducted from your personal injury settlement, if your claim is successful. Once we have heard your story, we’ll be able to assess whether there is a chance of securing compensation for you.
Fortunately, our team can help you work out if you could make a successful whiplash injury claim. By calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993), you can make sure you get the legal advice you require on a no-obligation basis. Find out why so many others in similar situations have called us in the past, and why you should do the same today. When you are suffering from whiplash and someone else was at fault, you have a right to learn more.
Date Published: 18th April 2017
Author: Rob Steen