If you are thinking of making a whiplash injury claim after a road traffic accident around Newnham-on-Severn then you have probably been hurt in an accident that was not your fault. Maybe you have just started looking for a personal injury lawyer who offers ‘no win, no fee’ in Newnham-on-Severn. You may not realise that whiplash is actually one of the most common injuries suffered in road traffic accidents and you can get whiplash if your car is struck from any direction – front, rear or side. It is also suffered by drivers and any of the passengers that were in the car at the time. If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may have decided to hunt for a lawyer who offers ‘no win, no fee’ in Newnham-on-Severn or you may have preferred to take the easy route and simply called Accident Advice Helpline. Whatever your decision, you will find the following facts about making a whiplash injury claim of interest.
Getting help with whiplash from a lawyer for ‘no win, no fee’ in Newnham-on-Severn – Top 5 facts
- Whiplash is all about the transfer of energy. If you take a typical rear-end shunt as an example – let’s say you were at the rear of a stationary line of traffic and a driver hit the rear of your car. What follows is a simple but rapid transfer of energy. The car that was moving has movement energy, called kinetic energy, and this energy is transferred to the stationary car and its occupants when the moving car comes to a sudden halt. The energy causes the occupants to be propelled forward but they are halted quickly by their seat belts. The belt stops the main part of the body but the head continues to move forward and this causes the neck to be stretched beyond its normal range of movement – the resulting damage to the soft tissue is called whiplash.
- Whiplash symptoms sometimes do not develop straight away. Many people leave the scene of the accident feeling absolutely fine – perhaps just a little shaken. This is why it is always a good idea to collect details like the registration number and contact details for everyone involved in case symptoms develop later – this is when you start to look for a lawyer who offers no win no fee in Newnham-on-Severn. Whiplash can cause a stiff and sore neck and some people get pins and needles and numbness in their arms as well. Headaches are not uncommon. The symptoms usually settle within a few weeks.
- There is a condition called chronic whiplash and this can last for months or even longer. It involves neck pain that is more severe. Physiotherapy may be needed to resolve the problem.
- Very few whiplash claims end up in court – most claims handled by lawyers working for ‘no win, no fee’ in Newnham-on-Severn are handled over the telephone.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: 9th February 2014
Author: Sharon Parry