People often ask us, at Accident Advice Helpline: “What are your top tips for avoiding a whiplash injury?”
We say: That’s a very good question!
Below, we will give you some handy hints on how you can avoid getting a whiplash injury in St Martins – as well as what to do if you do end up suffering one. After all, it can be difficult to avoid sustaining a whiplash injury – as you will see!
Since the majority of whiplash injuries happen in car accidents, make sure that:
- Your car is roadworthy – all the indicators and lights work, and your brakes work properly
- You drive with due care and attention for other road users
- Everyone’s seat belts are securely fastened
- The top of your head restraint is in line with the top of your head
This last point is especially important, because when you get a whiplash injury in St Martins, it is because sudden impact has caused your head to jerk and pull on the tendons and ligaments within your neck.
A sporting chance to prevent a whiplash injury in St Martins
You can also get whiplash if you are playing sports, so making sure you are wearing the appropriate protective clothing (e.g. a helmet if you’re riding a bike or a horse; headgear when boxing) to minimise the risk.
But whether you’re playing sports, on the road in your car, or you slip and fall, sometimes it is impossible to avoid sustaining whiplash. Of course, at this point, the question is not “how can it be prevented” but: “what should I do next?”
Health first, then finances
Your first priority should be to go to the doctor’s and get checked out. The symptoms of your whiplash injury in St Martins will probably become apparent a few hours later, or possibly even a few days after the accident that caused it. These are pain, stiffness, and tenderness – and possibly also headaches, nausea and dizziness.
While you recover (and you will be pleased to know that recovery usually takes just a few weeks), you might need to take some time off work and hire a home help, or possibly take taxis when you want to go out and about.
This could all lead to financial trouble, but if your whiplash injury was caused by someone else, you could claim compensation. If your case is successfully settled, you could be awarded a sum of money that will take care of all these losses you have incurred.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, and speak to one of our advisors. Our lines are open 24/7! Alternatively, text “claim365” to 88010. This is the first step towards getting no win no fee service from our team of solicitors – and we look forward to helping you get the compensation you deserve!
Date Published: 1st September 2014
Author: David Brown