Whiplash is a neck injury which is caused by a sudden movement of the head forwards, backwards or sideways.
The most common cause of whiplash is usually a road traffic accident. The symptoms of whiplash can often take six to 12 hours to develop so even if you feel fine immediately after an accident it does not necessarily mean you have not sustained an injury. Symptoms are usually worse the day after the injury is sustained and may continue to worsen over the following few days.
If you have been involved in a car accident or any other type of traumatic accident, such as a sporting accident, look out for these physical symptoms of whiplash:-
• Neck stiffness and pain
• Worsening of neck pain with neck movement
• Loss of range of motion in the neck
• Headaches, commonly starting at the base of the skull
• Tenderness and/or pain in the shoulders, upper back and/or arms
• Tingling or numbness in the arms
If you think you have a whiplash injury which has been sustained through someone else’s negligence you may have a valid claim for personal injury. We would recommend that you seek medical treatment. Whiplash is a soft tissue injury and it is wise to seek medical advice following an accident to receive a proper diagnosis and rule out any other injury such as fractures. Having a note in your medical record of the incident and your injury will also assist if you wish to make a personal injury claim.
Here at Russell Worth we deal with all types of personal injury claims including sports injuries and road traffic accidents. Our specialist teams are on hand to help advise you on making a claim and answer any questions or concerns you may have. We realise that following an accident it can be a stressful and emotional time. Not only is there a physical injury to deal with but there are also other factors to consider such as car repairs, loss of earnings, medical fees etc. We can assist you with all these matters and ensure you are awarded the compensation to which you are entitled.
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