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What is Whiplash and how is it caused?

How whiplash can affect you

How to treat your whiplash injury

Car Accidents and Whiplash Injuries

Organisations which may be able to help you after suffering whiplash

Claiming Compensation after a Whiplash Injury

Introduction to Whiplash

What is Whiplash and how is it caused?

Whiplash is caused when a person suffers from a sudden jolt to their head or body which damages the muscles, ligaments, tendons or other soft tissues in the neck.

When we hear the word "whiplash" we automatically think of someone who has been involved in a car accident ; however, whiplash can be caused by many different situations including slips, trips and falls. sports injuries and even assaults and attacks .

If you have suffered a whiplash injury and would like to know if we can help you make a personal injury claim for compensation, contact us on 08000 224 224.

Symptoms of Whiplash

How whiplash can affect you

Whiplash causes pain, stiffness and restriction of movement in the neck area and can also cause headaches, muscle spasms and pain in the shoulders or arms of the injured person.

In more serious cases of whiplash there can be swelling, back pain. pins and needles in the arms, hands or fingers, dizziness, lethargy and nausea.

In most cases, the injured person will not develop symptoms of whiplash immediately after their accident. The symptoms of whiplash will develop a day or two afterwards and may get worse over a period of time before starting to get better.

The severity of a whiplash injury can vary greatly and while some people make a recovery within a few days or weeks, others are left with symptoms and pain from their whiplash injury for months or even years.

If you suffer a whiplash injury as the result of an accident cause by someone else you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim. For more information, complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms .

Treatment of Whiplash

How to treat your whiplash injury

Whiplash can be treated in many different ways; however, injured people often find that it is just a case of waiting for their body to heal itself.

Ice packs can help to reduce any swelling caused by the whiplash injury and painkillers and anti inflammatory drugs are often helpful; however, you should check with your GP or pharmacist before taking any medication.

Resting an injured neck might be advisable to begin with; however, you may find that your GP later suggests you complete a series of gentle exercises to prevent the areas affected by the whiplash from stiffening up.

If you have been the victim of a whiplash injury, you may be able to make an accident compensation claim. For more information contact us on 08000 224 224.

Whiplash caused by a Road Traffic Accident

Car Accidents and Whiplash Injuries

Whiplash is probably the most common type of injury sustained following a road traffic accident.

If you are unfortunate enough to suffer a whiplash injury following a road traffic accident, which was not your fault, then you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim .

If you are a passenger in a vehicle; which is involved in a collision, your whiplash compensation claim would be made against the insurance company of the person responsible for the accident, whether that is the driver of the vehicle you were travelling in or a third party driver.

If you are a driver, a cyclist or a pedestrian your whiplash compensation claim would be made against the insurance company of the person driving the vehicle; which collided with you and caused your whiplash injury.

For more information about how Thompsons Solicitors can help you with a personal injury compensation claim, complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms .

What to do after your accident

Steps to take to help your claim for whiplash

As with all personal injury compensation claims, you would need to prove that another person was responsible for your whiplash injury.

To help your case, you should take names, addresses and telephone numbers of any witnesses to the accident and take photographs of the accident locus if possible. If the whiplash injury is caused in a Road Traffic Accident and the negligent driver has no valid insurance, leaves the scene or admits to driving a stolen vehicle, you should contact the Police immediately and report the incident.

If you are intending to claim expenses such as prescription costs and travelling expenses incurred as a result of your whiplash injury, remember to keep receipts as evidence.

If you have suffered a whiplash injury due to someone else's negligence you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation. For more information contact us on 08000 224 224.





News Stories we have published about Whiplash Injuries

Examples of Whiplash Claims we have dealt with

In the past we have published many news stories on our website about clients we have helped with their whiplash injury compensation claims. To read a selection of these follow the links below or to read all of our news stories, visit our News Desk .

To find out if Thompsons Solicitors can help you with a whiplash injury compensation claim, complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms .

Feedback from clients we have helped with whiplash compensation claims

Thank you letters from victims of whiplash injuries we have assisted

At Thompsons Solicitors we often receive letters from our clients thanking us for our help with their personal injury compensation claim. A selection of these from clients we have helped with whiplash injury compensation claims are below.

Motorway Accident

Janice Pugh was driving in the nearside lane of a slip road leading from the M60 when the driver of another vehicle travelling in the offside lane veered across towards her and collided with her car.

Janice suffered a whiplash injury in the accident and approached Thompsons Solicitors for assistance.

At first, the third party insurers offered to settle the claim with our client 50% to blame and then increased their offer to have her as 25% to blame. Thompsons Solicitors kept fighting on her behalf and eventually her claim was paid in full at £4,301 compensation.

An extract from Ms Pugh's thank you letter said "I am very grateful for all your help and advice in pursuit of my claim, but what is more important to me is the fact that the third party has now accepted full responsibility for the accident. I was really angry that they tried to make me accept 50% and later 25% of the blame, when I knew I was completely blameless. So once again. thank you for all your hard work and assistance in this matter it is much appreciated".

Accident on a Roundabout

At the time of his accident, Mr Sharp was driving around a roundabout when another driver pulled out onto the roundabout into his path without giving way to traffic already established on the roundabout.

Mr Sharp suffered a whiplash injury and appointed Thompsons Solicitors to deal with his personal injury compensation claim.

We recovered £1,405 personal injury compensation for him and he was very pleased with the outcome. He wrote to us to thank us for our help and an extract of his letter read "Please may I thank you for all your efforts in the car incident".

Hit in rear by van

Ruth Davies was stationary at the entrance to a roundabout waiting for a safe opportunity to move forwards when her car was hit in the rear by a Transit van. She sustained a whiplash injury and was referred to Thompsons Solicitors for help by her Trade Union, Unison.

Our specialist personal injury solicitors recovered £1,950 personal injury compensation for her and she was very happy with the outcome. An extract from her thank you letter read "I would like to thank you for your assistance in this matter. I have found your handling of this case very professional, yet friendly and have genuinely found this to be a great membership benefit as a Unison member. Many thanks for your help with this matter".

If you have been involved in an accident which has resulted in a whiplash injury, we may be able to help you make a personal injury compensation claim. For more advice contact us on 08000 224 224.

Links which may help you

Organisations which may be able to help you after suffering whiplash

NHS - Find everything you need to know about medical conditions, symptoms, health tests, treatments, operations and services.

NHS24 - nhs24.com provides comprehensive up-to-date health information and self care advice for people in Scotland.

BBC Health - Gives you access to health questions on a wide range of subjects answered by a team of doctors.

Compensation Claim Advice

Claiming Compensation after a Whiplash Injury

If you or someone you know has suffered a whiplash injury as a result of a road accident or any other type of accident, telephone us now for accurate claim advice.

There are strict time limits in place to make any injury claim. For further information, contact us or visit our Questions Answered page.

Thompsons Solicitors are experts in all personal injury matters. We will be able to advise you whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation. Our specialist personal injury lawyers will be happy to talk you through the process of making a claim in plain English and will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have. Telephone us now on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms .

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Source: www.thompsons.law.co.uk

Category: Accident

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