Spotlight on Whiplash

September 25, 2014

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries suffered after a road traffic accident and it can leave you in pain for many months, if not longer. Below we’re looking at what exactly whiplash is, how it happens and how you can make a claim for compensation.

How does Whiplash Happen?

Whiplash happens when your head is jolted forward suddenly and then snaps back, often something that occurs when a car is hit from behind but sideways movements and side-on shunts can also result in whiplash injuries. The sudden movement causes trauma to the delicate tendons in the neck and can leave you in a great deal of pain.

When an accident occurs and it isn’t your fault, claiming for compensation is the next step as you can be compensated for your pain and the related financial losses that may occur. Whiplash claims are completely legal and though the government and insurance companies are trying to curb claims, anyone who suffers a painful injury through no fault of their own should feel able to make their claim.

The Cause and Effect of Whiplash

Whiplash can be caused in any environment where the head is jolted forward, not just car accidents, but it is one of the most common environments in which it does occur. Often considered quite minor, a study into Whiplash Recovery Time actually showed that as many as 71% of people still suffered with some symptoms over 7 years after being injured with it taking a minimum of two years for the condition to stabilise.

Whiplash can be a short-term condition, this is often true in the case of small bumper to bumper collisions but in more serious accidents it can increase in severity and result in difficulty in moving the neck and head, with headaches occurring too. Full symptoms often only present themselves after a day or two after the accidents. In rare occasions the symptoms may never fully disappear and the pain and stiffness in the neck may be accompanied by back pain and even effected vision.

Where whiplash lasts longer than 6 months it is referred to as chronic whiplash and you may require physiotherapy in addition to painkillers. Regular over the counter anti-inflammatories and Paracetamol are often used to treat milder cases.

Whiplash Compensation Claims

The settlement you will receive when making a compensation claim for whiplash as part of your personal injury claim will vary. At Lamb & Co we treat each case individually, although our Compensation Calculator gives an indication of the approximate figures that could be discussed. In every instance we assess your case on an individual basis and determine whether your claim is viable. We work with thousands of clients who have been through road traffic accidents and our specialist solicitors can determine very quickly whether you can make a claim. Whiplash is a painful condition which is often overlooked but at Lamb & Co we endeavour to consider every viable claim.