A whiplash injury in Hillingdon is a common reason for innocent victims to make a compensation claim as it is often the result of a road traffic accident, particularly a rear-end shunt between two cars. But this is not the only way to get a whiplash injury, it can happen in endless different ways.
Various ways to get a whiplash injury
Whiplash is caused by a sudden jolt to your neck, which can tear or stretch the tendons and ligaments. This causes the pain of whiplash, but it is basically a sprain in the neck that will eventually heal itself. There are lots of different ways this can happen, including:
- If you trip over a broken paving slab and land awkwardly
- You could get the injury by falling from your cycle
- Heavy lifting without proper training
- Faulty restrains on fairgrounds can allow your head to jolt suddenly
- Something heavy or solid hitting your head
- Falling down stair or steps
- Slipping over on a spillage
Whiplash is an injury that has been around as long as man, although its nickname has only come about in recent years.
How seat belts contribute to whiplash claims
Seat belts are a vital part of safety in motor vehicles, and they reduce the risk of serious injury or death from accidents by half. But in doing their job of holding the body firmly in place, they make the jolt to the neck worse in an accident situation.
If the occupants of motor vehicles used their head rests properly, they would help, but research shows that people don’t like them and very few use them properly, if at all.
The discomfort of a whiplash injury in Hillingdon
Most people know that whiplash causes pain and discomfort in the neck and back areas, but some victims experience other symptoms for the first few days at least, including:
- Blurred vision
- Pins and needles in the arms and hands that can turn to aches
- Pain in the lower back
Not all victims will suffer from all of these, and some will have none of them at all. But for those that do suffer from them, on top of the pain and stiffness in the neck, it can make them feel very ill.
If you have been injured in a car accident, or in any other accident that was not you fault, contacting Accident Advice Helpline is your best option to get the compensation you are legally entitled to.
Contacting Accident Advice Helpline
We have made the processes of making a claim as simple and stress-free as possible, and getting in touch with us is easy as well.
You get in touch via one of the options on our website, or you can call our freephone helpline and speak to our friendly advisors free from a landline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim for a whiplash injury in Hillingdon.
Date Published: 29th November 2014
Author: Emma Matthews