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Whiplash injury

The term "whiplash" was first used in 1928.  "Whiplash injury" describes damage to both the soft tissues and bone structures, and "whiplash associated disorders" describes a chronic and more severe condition.

Whiplash is a common injury that occurs to a person's neck following sudden acceleration-deceleration force, after the head has been jolted forwards (hyperflexion) or backwards (hyperextension) causing a sudden extension of the neck muscles.

People usually get whiplash injury from car accidents. In most situations this happens when the car in which the person is sitting is stationary, and is struck by another vehicle from behind without notice. It is commonly thought that rear impact causes the head and neck to be forced into hyperextension as the seat pushes the person's torso forward - and the unrestrained head and neck fall backwards. Subsequently the head and neck recover and are thrown into a hyperflexed position. Whiplash injuries can also occur in accidents at work, for instance sudden straining to lift or pull a heavy object can also cause a whiplash type injury. Whiplash can occur in sports accidents.

According to the Association of British Insurers around 200,000 people suffer from whiplash injury every year in the UK.

Whiplash-type injuries can cause chronic neck pain and discomfort for many years after the accident. Some people who have had injuries do not feel anything for days after the accident or they think that it is a temporary back and motion problem at the time of the accident. It is advisable to visit a hospital for an X-ray and to consult with your doctor so it can be diagnosed and treated at early stage.  Also, if you decide to make a claim for your injury then your GP and hospital reports will be used to assess your injuries and also additional medical checks will be made. Of course some insurance companies may be very quick to contact you directly to make an early offer to settle the claims but we advise you to insist on getting independent legal advice before agreeing to any compensation settlement.

Whiplash Symptoms

The symptoms associated with whiplash are very serious and long lasting. Some whiplash symptoms may be very severe even if no specific abnormality can be found on detailed clinical or radiological investigation. In that case the soft-tissue injury would be the most likely explanation.

Physical symptoms are different from person to person but the most common are such as:

  • jaw pain;
  • arm weakness;
  • arm pain;
  • back pain;
  • ringing in the ears;
  • visual disturbances.

In the more severe and chronic cases of whiplash associated disorder there may also be psychological symptoms, including:

  • Sleep disturbance (insomnia);
  • Fatigue;
  • Nervousness/irritability;
  • Stress;
  • Depression;
  • Drug dependency;
  • Poor concentration;
  • Memory loss;
  • Social isolation.

So if you think you are entitled to claim call us on 0800 098 8128 or fill in a short claim online form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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