What does ‘whiplash’ mean?
Whiplash is an injury that often occurs as a result of a car accident. It happens when the head is jolted forwards and backwards sharply upon impact. The jolt can affect the soft tissue around your neck, resulting in pain and stiffness.
Usually, whiplash injuries are minor and clear up quickly. However, sometimes symptoms can continue for a long time after your car accident.
If you think you’re suffering from whiplash after a car accident, then you should seek advice from a medical professional.
Typical whiplash symptoms include:
- Headaches – sometimes along with blurred vision and fatigue
- Aching – along with difficulty moving or turning the neck
- Swelling and inflammation – affecting the surrounding area
- Pain in shoulders or arms - as well as sometimes in the upper and lower back, causing discomfort when walking
- Dizziness – and possibly nausea
If you were involved in a car accident that was somebody else’s fault, you might be able to make a whiplash compensation claim. To find out more about claiming for whiplash, take a look at our whiplash claims page. You might also find it useful to read about car accident claims.
What should I do if I think I have whiplash?
If you’ve been in a car accident, and you think you’re suffering from whiplash, you should visit your GP. They can help reduce the pain and discomfort that comes with whiplash, and advise you on the best course of action.
Most of the time, whiplash can be treated with painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication, but it’s best to consult your doctor before taking action.
If you choose to make a whiplash claim, your medical records will be used as proof of your whiplash diagnosis. So, if you’re considering making a claim for whiplash, it’s worth making sure you get properly assessed by your doctor.
Some whiplash symptoms may take time to appear. This means you might have felt fine straight after your accident, but later on, some of the typical whiplash symptoms began to affect you. If you are experiencing delayed whiplash, you should visit your GP for advice.
If you’re suffering from whiplash at the moment, why not take a look at our whiplash recovery page. Our whiplash recovery page is where we provide expert advice on how you can cope with this type of injury.
How we can help
We regularly speak with people who have suffered from whiplash following a car accident.
If you’ve been unlucky enough to sustain this injury through no fault of your own, we can help you recover any loss of earnings you’ve experienced. We can also help you gain compensation for the pain and distress of your injury.
To find out if you can make a whiplash claim, get in touch by calling us on fill in the form here to start your claim online right away., or
We’ll ask you for details of the accident; including when it happened and who was involved. Then, if we think you have a claim, we’ll put you in touch with one of our specialist solicitor firms.
We have solicitor firms all over the UK who can help you get the compensation you deserve.