Although it’s only a relatively small village in the heart of Essex, you can suffer a whiplash injury in Chigwell Row as easily as in any other village in the UK.
Non-RTA causes of whiplash injury
You can sustain a whiplash injury from a number of different types of incidents. They are quite common in sporting events for example, when two players collide. They can also come about quite easily through a fall (particularly a fall from height), or if someone falls of a bicycle or off the back of a horse.
It happens when the head is jolted violently either backwards and forwards, or sometimes sideways, and the neck is strained beyond its normal travel. This action is known as hyper-extension or hyper-flexion, and causes trauma or damage to the soft tissues (the ligaments, muscles, and tendons) in the neck.
RTA induced whiplash injury
The most common cause of whiplash however is an RTA, particularly where one vehicle drives into the back of another stationary or slow moving vehicle. The average speed at which an RTA associated whiplash injury takes place is less than 14 mph. The injury often doesn’t manifest itself until several hours after the incident; normally six hours at least.
This is the amount of time that it takes for the inflammation to materialise, and is something that often sets in overnight when the victim is asleep. It’s the non-movement of the neck that allows it to happen. Keeping your neck mobile is an important part of retaining mobility, and speeding recovery. The average recovery period is 32 days.
Whiplash injury is normally self healing
Whiplash injury is usually self healing. It may be that you need to take painkillers and/or anti-inflammatories to help you to manage the pain, depending on the severity of the injury. In some instances it may also be necessary to undergo a course of physiotherapy. Remembering what we said earlier about the neck stiffening up, if not moved, doing some gentle physical neck exercises at home and/or in the workplace will help to maintain functionality and will accelerate the recovery process.
Taking the 30 second test regarding your whiplash injury in Chigwell Row
In order to establish how much compensation you might be awarded for a whiplash injury in Chigwell Row, Accident Advice Helpline has a “30 second test” tool on their website.
That’s as long as it takes for the calculator to establish whether or not your claim is a viable one in theory, and to issue you with a basic estimate.
To find out more about the no win no fee* service that we offer here at Accident Advice Helpline, and that is unreservedly recommended by Esther Rantzen, call our free 24/7 helpline on: 0800 689 0500, or if using a mobile: 0333 500 0992.
Date Published: 14th May 2014