Could you make a claim for whiplash?
By AdFeatures | Thursday, November 08, 2012, 10:40
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries suffered following after car accidents. Accordingly, whiplash compensation makes up a high proportion of the compensation claims made in the UK today. But how do you know if you’ve suffered, or are suffering from this problem after an accident?
Here we’ve got a quick guide to keep you in the know.
What exactly is it?
You’ve probably heard it spoken about a lot before and know it’s something to do with your neck, but do you actually know exactly what it is? It basically occurs when one or more vehicles strike each other, causing forces to be transmitted from the striking vehicle to the one that was struck. These forces will then be transmitted to those inside the vehicle, which can create the chance of a whiplash injury happening.
What are the symptoms?
It doesn’t always happen immediately, but is something can come on up to 12 hours after the accident. You might feel pain in your neck, back or arms as well as stiffness the day after the accident, but this can continue getting worse over the next couple of weeks.
The following are normal symptoms of whiplash.
- Swelling of the neck
- Neck/back or arm pain and stiffness
- Decrease in the mobility of the neck, back, shoulder or arms
- Muscle spasms
What should I do?
If you’ve suffered an injury like this following an accident on the road, you shouldn’t have to suffer with your injuries. If the accident wasn’t your fault and you’ve been injured because of it, then you should be compensated.
Having had your injuries treated by a medical professional, it’s important to get in touch with personal injury solicitors who will be able to assist you with your compensation claim. In most instances this will be on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, so if you don’t win your claim you don’t pay any costs.
They will assess your claim using your medical reports and any information surrounding the accident such as police reports and witness statements. If they can establish someone else was at fault, causing your injuries you’ll receive compensation based on your actual injuries and any financial losses you may have incurred.
If you’re in pain, it could be time to make a claim.