The Isle of Sheppey is a small island just off the coast of Kent, although it is formally referred to as part of the county. Leysdown-on-Sea is a village on the far eastern coastline of Sheppey, and it is quite popular with people looking to escape to the coast for a while. Traffic is not usually very heavy here, although it can get busier during the summer months. Moreover, you never know when a whiplash injury in Leysdown-on-Sea could potentially occur.
Whiplash can be very painful and restricting. While the medical advice no longer extends to wearing a stiff collar while the neck recovers, the injury itself is no less painful today than it would have been in the past.
How does whiplash occur?
The term ‘whiplash’ makes you think of the lashing of a whip – a quick movement – and this certainly does apply to what can happen in a car accident. As the car stops suddenly on impact, your body is held in place by your seatbelt. However, your neck is the only thing that keeps your head in its normal position, and you cannot stop the onward force driving your head forwards, stretching and straining the tendons, ligaments and muscles in your neck in the process.
As you can imagine, this is essentially a sprained neck, and it does feel very uncomfortable. It may not immediately be obvious that you have suffered whiplash, though. Sometimes it can take several hours for the pain and stiffness to become obvious.
What should you do in this situation?
If you have suffered a whiplash injury in Leysdown-on-Sea, or in a car accident in any other location, do make sure you get a doctor to check it out. They will provide a proper diagnosis and advise you on what you should and should not do. It also means you have a record of your visit and your injury, and this can help to support any future claim you might make.
You have three years in which to begin the process of making a no win, no fee claim. However, the sooner you call 0800 689 0500 to have a chat with an expert at Accident Advice Helpline, the quicker you can get that process into action. Call now and find out whether enough evidence of negligence exists to help you make a proper claim to be compensated for whiplash.
Date Published: 9th August 2014
Author: David Brown