Have you suffered a whiplash injury in Banbury following an RTA (Road Traffic Accident)? If you have, and someone else was to blame for that accident, you may need the services of an injury claim solicitor like AAH to help you to launch a personal injury claim for compensation.
Road traffic accidents are the most common cause of whiplash
Although road traffic accidents are by far the most common cause of whiplash injury, any accident/incident that makes the head snap backwards, forwards, or sideways, suddenly, rapidly and violently, may result in whiplash injury. Anyone can sustain this type of injury although it’s slightly more prevalent in women.
The causes of whiplash pain
The violent, involuntary movement of the head causes damage to the ligaments and tendons in the neck. Common symptoms include:
- Pain and stiffness in the neck
- Neck muscles becoming tender
- Reduced mobility of the neck and therefore head
In many instances the injury takes several hours to set in (usually somewhere between 6 and 12 hours) and may worsen over the next few days. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may or may not decide to seek medical help. However, if you’re contemplating making a claim for compensation, then you’re advised to obtain medical proof of the injury to substantiate your claim.
The normal prognosis
Whiplash is what is known as a self-limiting condition. This means that it will usually get better of its own volition after a little basic physiotherapy. Although it may be painful to move your neck, it is recommended to keep it mobile rather than not moving it and allowing it to stiffen up further. By enforcing mobility, you will improve your neck functionality and help to speed up the recovery process.
In some instances whiplash pain may continue for several months. It is then referred to as chronic whiplash and your doctor may refer you to hospital to have X-rays and scans done to ensure there’s no permanent damage. You may need ongoing physiotherapy all the time the pain continues.
As mentioned earlier, if you do sustain a whiplash injury in Banbury, you’ll be required to submit medical proof of the injury in order to have your claim accepted. Also, if the injury was brought about by a road traffic accident, it will also be helpful to be able to produce the incident reference number if the accident has been reported to the police, as indeed it should be by law.
Find out how much compensation could be due
To find out how much compensation you may be due, you can visit the AAH website to gain access to the HOW MUCH calculator. It will take only 30 seconds of your time.
Our no-win, no-fee services (as recommended by Dame Esther Rantzen) are very user-friendly, but should you have any queries or need assistance, call our free helpline on 0800 689 0500 from any landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: 2nd May 2014