Saline is the name of a village in Fife in Scotland, not far from Dunfermline. Fife is a long and relatively narrow area, and Saline is located down in the far south-western part of the region. Its population isn’t much over 1,100 people. There are some lovely walks here and the area is very quiet, not to mention filled with a good number of attractive listed buildings. To say that a whiplash injury in Saline is highly unlikely to affect you on a visit to the area is definitely an understatement.
Whiplash is however a painful injury to suffer from, and it can cause problems with pain and restricted movement for some time afterwards. You may get lucky and only have minor problems for a short time period if a high speed wasn’t involved.
Why doesn’t whiplash show on an x-ray?
The term whiplash refers to injuries caused to the ligaments and tendons in the neck, and possibly the overstretching of muscles as well. These do not appear on an x-ray, which is taken to check whether there has been any damage or fracture to one or more bones. Therefore, your GP may only decide to have x-rays done if they suspect a fracture might be present.
They’ll generally be able to diagnose whiplash from asking about the accident and how it happened, what you experienced at the time and by examining your neck region. This information can then be used to form an opinion on whether whiplash is present.
How long do I have to make a claim?
This is one of the more common questions the team at Accident Advice Helpline is asked whenever someone calls us about a whiplash injury in Saline. We regularly get calls about whiplash injuries in many other parts of the UK too, so don’t hesitate to call the free enquiry line on 0800 689 0500 if you were affected in this way during a car accident.
You will usually have three years from the date the accident happened in which to try and claim compensation. For this to be a possibility, a third party must have been the direct cause of the accident you were injured in. Whatever you do, that one initial free call is very important, because it could potentially lead to making a claim with the help of one of our professional personal injury lawyers.
Date Published: 27th July 2014
Author: David Brown