Here’s a question for you: which of the following three scenarios can cause a whiplash injury in New Malden?
- You are sitting at some traffic lights, when the car behind sets off too quickly, and you get a rear-end shunt
- You are playing rugby, and your head is on the receiving end of the ball, which has been thrown with great force
- You are at work, walking along a corridor, and you slip and fall on the surface, which has been polished
The answer is: all three!
It’s not just car accidents
That’s right – any of the above can cause whiplash. Yes, most people would immediately have a guess at the first situation, perhaps because whiplash is a common result in a car accidents, however minor they may be.
But all that is needed is some kind of sudden impact, which causes the head to jerk, and thereby causes the ligaments and tendons in the neck to be put under strain.
What to do if you get a whiplash injury in New Malden
If are any of these things happen to you, the first thing to do is get yourself down to your doctor’s surgery or to the casualty department of your hospital, and get checked out. You may have other injuries in addition to whiplash.
The whiplash itself may not become apparent until several hours after the accident. The symptoms are usually pain, tenderness, and stiffness. Some people experience headaches, nausea, and dizziness, too.
Call Accident Advice Helpline and make a claim
Once you have dealt with your health, start thinking about your recovery and the immediate future. You may need to take time off work, even if you don’t have a physically demanding job, and it is during this recovery period that you may find your finances stretched.
Firstly, being off work could mean that you lose wages.
Secondly, you could need some extra help, perhaps from a childminder or home help. They have to be paid, and even over a short period, these expenses can mount up.
If the accident that caused your whiplash injury in New Malden was someone else’s fault, then you could be eligible to claim compensation through Accident Advice Helpline!
We have a 24/7 hotline
You can contact us whenever you like, because our hotline is open all hours and is fully staffed by professional, friendly advisors. They are trained to talk you through the process of making a claim, and while they do that, they will treat you with empathy and sensitivity.
Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Alternatively, if you would prefer that someone gets in touch with you, you can text “claim365” to 88010 and await a call.
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Date Published: 1st July 2014
Author: David Brown