The chances of incurring a whiplash injury in Barnham Broom are just as prevalent as they are in most other rural villages in the Norfolk countryside. Barnham Broom is a fairly quiet village, and has only approximately 550 residents.
But minor RTAs still occur from time to time, especially around the crossroads in the centre of the village, where the post office is located. It’s one of the busiest areas in the village and therefore one most likely to occasion an RTA.
Whiplash injury accidents are normally low speed accidents
Whiplash injuries typically happen in low speed accidents, whereby a moving vehicle runs into the back of a stationary vehicle. The average speed at which whiplash injury RTA’s happen is less than 14 mph, yet it’s enough to cause a serious jolt to the head, forcing it to recoil backwards and forwards, (or even sideways), causing damage to the soft tissues in the neck, including the muscles, tendons and ligaments, and bringing about whiplash pain.
Helping yourself to minimise the risk of whiplash injury
Most modern vehicles today are designed to try and minimise the impact of any collision. They are all fitted with head restraints which can help to prevent whiplash if adjusted properly. However, 75% of head restraints are not adjusted correctly.
To be fully effective (and even then, they may not prevent whiplash injury, merely help to lessen it), any head restraint should be positioned to support the back of the top of the head, which helps to prevent the head from jolting too far backwards.
However, most people find this slightly uncomfortable , and therefore tend to leave their headrests positioned too low.
Whiplash injury in Barnham advice
If you do suffer a whiplash injury in Barnham Broom you may not realise it at the time because the pain of whiplash often takes anywhere from 6 to 12 hours to become apparent, and is usually much worse the next day.
This is because your neck is relatively still while you are asleep which allows the possibility of stiffening to take place. Any doctor or physiotherapist will recommend you should move your neck as much as possible, (if necessary, with the aid of painkillers to lessen any pain), as this helps to improve mobility and speed up the recovery process.
Obtaining a basic estimate
You can get a basic idea of the amount of compensation you could be awarded by visiting Accident Advice Helpline, and making use of the HOW MUCH calculator that you’ll find located on the homepage.
It’s free to use and will take only 30 seconds. However, the final amount of compensation will depend on the nature and severity of the injury, and will also be adjusted to take into account any expenses you may have occurred, or any potential loss of earnings.
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