As personal injury solicitors Stonehewer Moss have specialist experience in neck injury and whiplash compensation claims. We understand the causes and symptoms of whiplash, how whiplash is treated, and how to make whiplash compensation claims.
Symptoms and Causes of Whiplash
Whiplash is a term used to describe a neck injury caused by a sudden movement of the head forwards, backwards or sideways. Common symptoms of whiplash include neck pain and stiffness, tenderness over the neck muscles, reduced and painful neck movements and headaches. The symptoms of whiplash can often take a while (6-12 hours) to develop and may get worse for several days after the actual accident. Road traffic accidents are the most common cause of whiplash however these injuries can result from any sudden blow or twist to the head. Whiplash claims can be associated with an accident at work, a fall in a public place or a slip and trip accident.
Usually whiplash is not serious and will get better in time however occasionally pain will last for six months or longer, this is termed chronic whiplash. It is important to seek professional help if you suspect that you have whiplash.
Can I make a Claim for Whiplash Compensation?
If you have been injured and it was not your fault you may be able to make a claim for whiplash compensation, this includes passengers and family members who may have also been injured in the same accident.
Whiplash is the most common injury associated with road accidents, and is often caused when one car hits another from behind. In this type of road accident, it’s usually the driver of the rear car that’s responsible for the accident, and it is the driver in front who may suffer injury and be able to make a claim for a whiplash injury.
The compensation will be paid by the insurance company not by the person who was at fault. If you were a passengers in the car who caused the accident and you have suffered an injury then you may want to claim against the drivers insurance.
If you have neck pain from a whiplash injury you may find it difficult to carry out daily activities and enjoy your leisure time. It may also cause problems concentrating at work and could lead to anxiety and depression. You can claim compensation for lost earnings and medical expenses. This can be important as you need to get all the rest you need before returning to work so that you don’t injure yourself further. Claiming whiplash compensation can help you to rest and recuperate fully without the financial concerns you might otherwise have.
How do I make a Whiplash Compensation Claim?
If you have not already done so visit your GP. They’ll be able to diagnose the severity of your whiplash symptoms, recommend treatment and estimate your recovery time.
Call us and speak to one of our experts. There will be no charge and we can advise you on whether you can make a personal injury claim for whiplash compensation. We can usually work on a ‘no win no fee’ basis so there are no up-front or hidden charges. We will make every effort to settle your claim quickly and in most cases you do not have to go to court. The process may seem complex but we will undertake most of the work and keep you informed on the process.
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