Whiplash is a well-known injury. Most people are aware that it is a neck injury, and they know it can be pretty painful. But, as with anything well known, myths and misinformation abound, not least when it comes to the issue of making a compensation claim!
At Accident Advice Helpline, we want to make sure that, if you’re thinking about making a claim for a whiplash injury in Stoke Gabriel, you have all the correct information. Below, we tell you the facts about whiplash and making a claim.
It’s not just car accidents!
Yes, car accidents may be the main cause of whiplash, but they are not the only cause. Whiplash is an injury to the neck – specifically, the neck’s tendons and ligaments, that is caused by the sudden movement of the head.
This happens upon sudden impact, which is why it is prevalent in car accidents. But you may also suffer from of a whiplash injury in Stoke Gabriel by other means, for example, a blow to the head, or a slip and fall accident.
It doesn’t necessarily happen straight away!
It wouldn’t make for the most exciting television drama script if someone had a car accident, went home, woke up the next morning, and found they had a painful neck.
But this is often the case with whiplash injury in Stoke Gabriel. It may take up to half a day for the symptoms of whiplash to become apparent. You may be confused, anxious, and in pain from other areas if you are in an accident, but the stiffness and tenderness in your neck may take a little while to develop.
The doctor probably won’t make you wear a neck brace
Again, it might look convincing on the television, but it is actually better to let the neck move around a bit when you are recovering from whiplash. Obviously, it’s best to avoid bench-pressing huge weights or digging over the vegetable patch, but you won’t need to keep your neck completely immobilised.
Treatment for whiplash is usually rest and painkillers, and the condition clears up within a few weeks, in most cases.
You don’t have to claim for a whiplash injury in Stoke Gabriel immediately!
If you have whiplash, get it checked out at your GP, and follow their advice. You don’t have to get straight on the phone to Accident Advice Helpline. In fact, there is a limit of three years from the date of your injury by which you need to make a claim.
But it’s always best to get started as soon as possible, especially because you may find that you lose income through being off work, and you could be paying out for services such as a home help or childminder, not to mention the public transport fares because you can’t drive!
Contact us anytime (our lines are open 24/7) on 0800 689 0500 from a landline. If you have a mobile, you can either call 0333 500 0993 or text “claim365” to 88010.
Why not call now and speak to one of our professional, friendly advisors?
Date Published: 11th June 2014
Author: David Brown