If you sustain a whiplash injury in Chideock and it transpires that it is in actual fact a chronic whiplash injury, you could be seriously incapacitated for a number of months.
Chronic whiplash injury is normally diagnosed when the symptoms last longer than 6 months. In certain circumstances they can last for longer than a year, and sometimes, (thankfully quite rarely), can inflict permanent damage.
If you intend pursuing compensation, you will need medical proof
Everyone can handle different levels of pain and discomfort. What for some people feels like severe pain, is something that others find that they can tolerate. For this reason some people do not bother to see their doctor, preferring instead to struggle on and cope with the pain, knowing that it will disappear in a matter of weeks. According to the NHS, the average amount of time it takes to recover from a whiplash injury is 32 days.
There is one thing you should be aware of however, and that is the fact that if you are contemplating launching a personal injury claim in order to gain compensation, then you will need medical proof that you have sustained a whiplash injury.
The symptoms of whiplash injury
Your doctor will normally be able to diagnose whiplash injury from the details you convey to him/her about the nature of the accident that caused the injury about, and the actual symptoms that are presenting themselves. Typical symptoms include:
- Neck pain
- Reduced functionality and mobility of the neck
- Numbness in the shoulder and arms
In certain circumstances, other symptoms can also display themselves, including:
- Lower back pain
- Muscle spasm
- Feelings of dizziness and vertigo
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty in concentrating
- Memory loss
- Feelings of anxiety and depression
Keeping your neck moving is the key
Whatever type of whiplash injury it is you’ve sustained, (i.e. whether it’s ordinary whiplash or chronic whiplash, with or without complications), experts agree that the best thing you can do is to keep on trying to move your neck as often as possible in order to retain maximum mobility.
This will also speed up the recovery process. If you find the pain excessive, then of a course of painkillers and/or anti-inflammatories may help.
Working with Accident Advice Helpline to claim for a whiplash injury in Chideock
Given all of the recent controversy surrounding the number of fraudulent claims that have been made for whiplash injury, whether it’s a whiplash injury in Chideock or some other town or city here in the UK, working with the right injury claim solicitor will enhance your claims chances of success.
There are a number of benefits that Accident Advice Helpline clients are able to enjoy. They include:
- The no win no fee service that we offer, which is highly recommended by well known people’s consumer champion Esther Rantzen.
- Use of the 30 second interactive calculator on our website
- Our industry leading customer support service
- Free 24/7 helpline – from landlines dial 0800 689 0500, or from mobiles, dial 0333 500 0992.
Date Published: 14th May 2014