Whiplash Injury

Claiming for Whiplash Injury

Whiplash is one of the most common types of injuries resulting from a road traffic accident in the UK. Unfortunately it is one of the easiest injuries that you can make a compensation claim for, even if your claim is fraudulent.

This stigma attached to whiplash injuries means that a lot of people in the UK with a legitimate whiplash claim for compensation never come forward to make a claim.

We want to talk about whiplash, its causes, diagnosis and treatments so that you can be well informed and not hesitant if you want to make a legitimate claim for whiplash.

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What is a Whiplash Injury and how does it happen?

Whiplash is the phrase used to describe an injury to your neck that is caused by a sudden “jerk-like” motion of the head forwards, backwards or side to side. This sudden motion can damage the tendons and ligaments in the neck.

These are the support mechanisms for the muscles and bones in your neck that hold your head upright and allow movement of the neck and subsequently the head forwards, backwards and side to side up to a certain point. Common symptoms of whiplash are:

  • Tenderness of the neck muscles and joints,
  • Neck pain and stiffness,
  • Reduced and painful movements of the neck,
  • Headaches and dizzyness.

Causes of Whiplash Injuries

The most common cause of a whiplash injury is a road traffic accident. It usually happens when the impact is from the rear which causes the driver and passenger(s) (if any are present) to experience a sudden backwards motion of the neck at the point of impact as the car jerks forward, followed by a forwards motion as the seatbelt does its job to prevent you from leaving your seat.

To help prevent the severity of whiplash from this, we recommend that your headrest be placed as close to the back of your head as possible to avoid the initial backwards motion from being too violent.

Other types of causes of whiplash other than road traffic accidents include:

  • A sudden motion due to a slip trip or fall.
  • A blow to the head from a sport related injury for example.
  • A strike to the head from a solid object.

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Diagnosing and Treating Whiplash

Diagnosis of whiplash when related to a road traffic accident (RTA) is usually self descriptive by going to your GP after the accident and describing the pain, stiffness and how the injury occurred.

This will give the doctor a good indication of what the injury type is and they may also assess the condition of your neck to check for muscle spasms, tenderness and your range of motion when moving your neck and head.

Scans and X-rays such as a CT or MRI scan will only be recommended if the whiplash injury is severe and there is a suspicion of a fractured bone.

Treating whiplash is most of the time a simple case of letting it get better on its own and using painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to help cope with the pain as the majority of whiplash claims are for non-serious whiplash injury.

In a minority of cases where the whiplash injury lasts longer than 6 months (also can be called chronic whiplash or late whiplash syndrome) your GP can prescribe stronger painkillers for you depending on your symptoms and the amount of pain you are in.

In these minority of cases, the whiplash injury could be for life, which can lead to anxiety and depression. This is where the after care costs can be claimed for through a personal injury claim with Personal Injury Solicitors Manchester.

If this sounds familiar and you have been the victim of a non fault whiplash injury accident, then contact us today on 0161 82 11 229 or use the form provided to start your claim for whiplash compensation. We will fight hard to get you the compensation you deserve and win your trust along the way.

Relevant Topics:

  • Whiplash Claims – Information on whiplash claims for compensation.
  • Whiplash Compensation – Information on whiplash compensation amounts you could receive depending on your injury type.
  • Whiplash Symptoms – Information on the symptoms of whiplash and claiming for compensation.
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