• Whiplash

WHIPLASH INJURY CLAIMS

Whiplash is most commonly the result of a car accident. It is one of the most common injuries suffered in the UK due to the high volume of road traffic accidents on our roads every day. Whiplash is caused when the head suddenly jolts violently leading to muscular, tendon or ligament damage. This can be caused by even low-speed collisions because of the delicacy of the neck. However whiplash can also be caused by a blow to the head or repeated damage to the area.

Whiplash injuries can manifest themselves in a number of different manners and ailments. From the immediately painful to long-term consistent debilitating pains; all manner of injuries can cause great stress on daily life. If you or someone in your family has suffered a whiplash injury and its consequences then you could be entitled to make a Whiplash Claim.

SYMPTOMS OF WHIPLASH:

  • Headaches: A common ailment, many people may not attribute this to Whiplash however if you have suffered repeated headache problems since a car accident or blow to the head then that could be the cause. Headaches can make it hard to sleep and concentrate, impacting profoundly upon daily life.
  • Muscle Spasms: Caused by a tear in the muscle. If this problem is not properly treated it could worsen significantly.
  • Pain, Stiffness and Loss of Neck Movement: The most common tell-tale sign of Whiplash. This injury can encroach on your personal and professional life.
  • Dizziness and Blurred Vision: These symptoms could manifest itself almost immediately. Furthermore these symptoms are likely to lead to more problems such as headaches, tiredness, poor concentration and potentially falls.
  • Difficulty Swallowing:The swelling around the injuries in the neck can tighten the Esophagus making it harder to swallow.
  • Pain in the Shoulders, Arms or Lower Back:The connecting muscles and tendons lead to adjoining parts of the body sharing the pain. Shoulder and lower back pain will make it particularly difficult to move and manoeuvre.

HOW TO CLAIM WHIPLASH COMPENSATION

The process of making a Whiplash Claim can be a hard, long and arduous one without the right team in your corner. Insurance companies are notoriously tricky to squeeze money out of and will try every trick in the book to avoid paying out. They are in the business to make money and keep money rather than help out the unfortunate victims of whiplash and other injuries. Using our teams of skilled, professional Injury Solicitors you can claim the compensation that you are entitled to.
The first step is to correctly and accurately document every aspect of the accident. If you do not document every aspect of the accident thoroughly, your claim could be deemed unreliable. All names and contact information must be taken from all parties involved at the site of the accident including any witnesses. If it is possible to obtain statements from eye-witnesses then do so, they could be invaluable to your Whiplash Claim.

Secondly the accident and the injury need to be reported to the appropriate authority. For example if the accident occurred in a motor vehicle collision then the law enforcement needs to be contacted for a full and complete police report to be made. Alternatively if the injury is obtained at your workplace then your supervisor needs to be accurately informed.

You must contact your Injury Solicitor in timely fashion with all the correct information. Failure to do so or a delay in action could have detrimental effects on your claim. The authorities will question why you delayed the decision not to act immediately and report the injury.

Next a thorough medical examination will have to be undergone to determine the extent and seriousness of the injury. Without this a full Accident Compensation Claim is unlikely to be successful.

Complying with these simple yet necessary steps, your chances of receiving compensation from a Whiplash Claim will be greatly increased

WHAT IS WHIPLASH?

Whiplash Claims are one of the most common types of Accident Compensations Claims that our Injury Solicitors have to handle. Whiplash Claims are costing the insurance industry up to £400m.

The constant presence of cars means that road accidents are an unfortunately common occurrence. Road accidents can manifest themselves in a wide range of different forms, from the head-on collision to the near-miss; whiplash is a constant threat.

Whiplash is the term that describes the range of injuries to the neck caused by a sudden distortion associated with extension. Tell-tale signs of whiplash include:

  • Pain and Aching to the Neck and Back
  • Pain to the Shoulders
  • Headaches
  • Sensory Disturbance to the Arms & Legs

Often these symptoms will not be felt until a few days after the accident.

SYMPTOMS OF WHIPLASH

Due to the injuries proximity to the head, neck and spine, whiplash can manifest itself in a number of different symptoms. Whiplash Claims can be attributed to a whole range of problems emanating from the pain, discomfort and disruption brought forth by the accident. Some people with minor whiplash may only suffer from one of the ailments caused by the injury whereas those with major whiplash could suffer from multiple or indeed all of the following:

Neck, Back and Shoulder Ache

By far the most common symptom of whiplash, neck ache can manifest itself instantly and could continue for a long time if not treated properly. Due to the almost constant exertion of the neck, it is an injury that takes a long time to heal by itself. Allowing it to heal naturally just increases the likelihood of the furthering the damage and intensifying the pain. The pain in the neck can continue to the shoulders and the back. The increased pain could have an almost crippling effect on the sufferer. Back ache and neck ache in particular can make it incredibly difficult for people to continue with their

daily lives. Simple tasks such as going to work or sleeping can become disturbed and nigh-on impossible. These restrictions on life can further your Accident Compensation Claim as they may incur additional financial costs and losses.

Sensory Disturbances

Sensations such as cramps and pins and needles to arms and legs can be a by-product of Whiplash. These can make it incredibly difficult to continue with you daily life. The inability to grip and hold may be a result of cramping in the arms and hands. If your job requires a great deal of manual handling, the injury could negatively impact you output and productivity compromising your employability. Likewise the cramp in legs can affect your daily life immeasurably, if you can’t walk properly, many of life’s little tasks are made harder if not impossible. Loss of sleep attributed to sensory disturbances can also lead to stress and illness.

Headaches and Dizziness

The odd headache or spell of dizziness is common and manageable. These ailments will often pass with simple hydration and sugar intake. However, whiplash can lead to prolonged bouts of both which could incur large amounts of stress and worry on your life. In the midst of prolonged headaches or dizzy spells, the sufferers seldom can function at 100% of their capacity. This restriction on functionality can lead to many detrimental effects, such as work being of a poor standard, concentration falling or memory loss. If these problems can be successfully linked to the accident and whiplash, then your compensation claim could be strengthened significantly.

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