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If you have experienced a car accident or a slip, trip or fall recently, then you may have suffered a whiplash injury. Although whiplash might not appear to be a significant injury, on the surface, suffering whiplash can significantly affect your quality of life.
If you have suffered whiplash in an accident that was beyond your control, then you may be eligible to make a claim for financial compensation. Whiplash claims are normally straight forward and stress-free, so long as you work with a qualified solicitor or claims advisor.
Whiplash is a type of neck injury which occurs when the head and neck move together in an unnatural way, thus damaging tendons and ligaments in the neck. Tendons are the bands which connect muscle to bone, and ligaments are the tissues which connect bones together near joints. Whiplash injuries normally occur after the head is moved violently forwards, backwards or sideways.
A whiplash injury may not be immediately obvious, and symptoms can take up to 12 hours to develop. Even if you do not realise straight away that you are suffering from whiplash, then you can still make a claim for compensation. Many people who have suffered from whiplash injuries did not even realise that they had been injured until much later, once they realised that they were presenting persistent symptoms.
Symptoms of whiplash include: stiffness or pain in the neck, tenderness of the muscles in the neck, a reduction of movement in the neck, pain when moving the head or neck, and persistent headaches. These symptoms can affect your ability to work, or your ability to continue living your life to the full. In some cases, whiplash can also occur when tension in the neck stops the head from moving in a natural way, and therefore the force of an incident is felt in these neck muscles.
The most common cause of whiplash in the United Kingdom are road traffic accidents. In many accidents, momentum forces the victims head to continue moving forwards (backwards or sideways) after a collision, and their head is then stopped violently by the neck. A collision does not need to be large to cause this motion. In fact, most whiplash related claims in the United Kingdom are borne from small collisions, such as the vehicle which you are travelling in being bumped from behind at a junction. In these cases, whiplash is often the only physical injury which occurs during this type of crash.
Whiplash can also be caused by a physical blow to the head, such as one which occurs whilst playing a contact sport such as rugby. The physical contact will cause the head to move suddenly, and violently. Thirdly, slips, trips and falls can result in whiplash, as the person’s head is jolted suddenly during the incident. You do not need to hit your head for a whiplash injury to occur during a slip, trip or fall incident.
If your whiplash occurred because of an incident which was not your fault, then you are almost certainly entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Whiplash can cause prolonged physical suffering, emotional distress and reduced quality of life. Some people find that their whiplash injuries mean that they are not able to continue with their job, or that their earning potential is greatly reduced. If you have experienced any of these things, then you may be able to get compensation for it. Once you decide to make a claim, you should get in contact Accident Claims UK or even another qualified solicitor that specialises in this are of accident claims law.
Should you contact us we will ask you to explain the circumstances leading up to your accident, and then the symptoms that you experienced after your accident. You will need to provide us with medical evidence that you are suffering or have suffered from whiplash due to the accident. Once we have established that you have a good claim, we will start the claims procedure on your behalf.