Whiplash is a very painful condition which is common amongst people who have been involved in a road traffic accident. It is basically a soft tissue injury to the neck, shoulders and spine and is caused when you head snaps backwards and forwards traumatically during a collision. Whiplash injuries can be very painful and can have a real impact on daily life, if only for a short period in many instances but this can still cause inconveniences and difficulties which you would not have had to live with, had you not been involved in the accident.
As a professional personal injury solicitors Lamb & Co. regularly work with people who have suffered with whiplash and we appreciate how difficult, painful and traumatic it can be. We work quickly and efficiently to try and alleviate some of the related financial stress through securing your much deserved accident compensation.
What causes a whiplash injury?
Whiplash injuries are mostly caused by road traffic accidents, most commonly those where one car drives into the back of another. The body remains restrained by the seat belt but the head isn’t and therefore the whiplash occurs as you are rocked backwards and forwards. It can be a violent and painful movement and the severity of the whiplash is often dependent on the speed and size of the vehicles involved in the accident.
Whiplash injuries can effect anybody in a vehicle, including both the driver and passengers. It can also be caused by contact sports and other sudden impacts to the head.
Symptoms of Whiplash
Whiplash is very rarely a serious injury but it can be painful and it can last a number of weeks or sometimes months. It can also be indicative of more serious spinal injuries so ensuring you are checked out by a doctor is essential. The main symptoms of whiplash including:
- Pain and stiffness to the neck and lower back
- Restricted movement
- Muscle spasms
- Tiredness and dizziness
- Swelling and numbness
- Blurred Vision
Any of these symptoms after an accident means you should see your doctor and regardless of immediate pain or discomfort, you should try and ensure you are seen by a doctor as soon as possible to ensure there aren’t any underlying injuries. Whiplash injuries sometimes appear after the accident and are not immediately apparent due to shock.
Your Whiplash Injury Claim
Whiplash injuries are usually easily treated with rest, although sometimes a supportive collar and physiotherapy is needed. In some instances time off work is required and you may need additional medical treatment including prescription medication.
If you believe your whiplash injury was due to an accident that was not your fault Lamb & Co. can discuss your compensation claim which may be able to help you manage your medical treatment costs, access physiotherapy without the NHS waiting list, offset your financial losses such as loss of earnings and help you repay you for other expenses such as trips to the hospital and for treatment. Compensation will also include an amount which is indicative of the level of pain/injury you have suffered both physically and mentally.
We recognise how a claim for compensation can be confusing and stressful which is why we specialise in providing personalised support to ensure you receive the maximum possible compensation for your injuries. At Lamb & Co. we work regularly with individuals who have suffered whiplash injuries and ensures they succeeded in their quest for compensation.
We have many years of experience in settling whiplash claims and are well versed in guiding victims through the process in a simple and straightforward way, free of jargon and confusion. Even if it is not clear who was to blame for the accident and the other driver is denying their responsibility, we can discuss and look into your claim on a “no win no fee” basis.
Although your medical condition will be the first priority after a workplace accident, it is important to consider contacting a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible whenever this is practically possible. The sooner you can act to begin legal proceedings, the more likely you will get the successful outcome you want. Most claims for compensation are not normally possible after three years from the date of the accident.
Lamb & Co. Solicitors want to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve after a whiplash injury and have the expertise to help you