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Whiplash & Neck Injury Compensation
Although the type of injury sustained in a road traffic accident can vary widely, from minor bruises and cuts to severe disablement, amputation and even death, there is one injury which is far more prevalent than any other in this type of accident and that is whiplash. Estimates have stated that as much as 20 per cent of car accident victims suffer from whiplash.
Whiplash injury affects the soft tissue in the neck and occurs when the neck has been jerked quickly and violently in one direction and then rapidly the other way. The kind of accident which causes this can be an impact from behind or the need to make an emergency stop. The sudden jerking causes the tissue, nerves, muscles and tendons to be violently stretched in a manner which causes painful damage.
Although road traffic accidents are by far the most common cause of whiplash injuries, they can also be caused by the likes of a violent blow to the head, during an assault for example, or by damage brought about by repetitive movement, which may take place during sports or in the workplace.
The symptoms of whiplash
- Pain in the neck, shoulders and arms
- Tingling in the arms
- Temporary memory loss
- Muscle spasms and nausea
It should be borne in mind that a whiplash injury is not always obvious straight away. Sometimes, the symptoms can take hours or even days to appear, so if you have recently been involved in a car accident it is imperative to seek medical attention even if none of the symptoms have yet become apparent.
Whiplash, therefore, can vary from being a short term and fairly minor discomfort, to being a long term problem or even a disability. It could, at its worst, lead to a major curtailment of a person’s life. Whiplash is an injury which could stop you working and thus lead to a loss of earnings in either the long or short term.It could also, at the same time, have a detrimental effect on your quality of life, preventing you from enjoying activities which you used to undertake and causing pain and discomfort on a daily basis.
Making a whiplash injury claim
If you have suffered whiplash as a result of a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to make a no win no fee whiplash claim with an expert injury lawyer. Simply fill in the form on this page, or call the freephone number 0800 234 6438 and get free, no obligation claims advice from a trained legal adivser.