Although not exclusive to road traffic accidents, whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained by people who are injured on the roads.
The number of whiplash injury claims has risen in recent years as more people have learned they can claim compensation for their injuries. Some negative media attention has been directed at people who claim for whiplash injuries and there have also been attempts by insurance companies to curb the number of whiplash claims, citing that many of them aren’t what they appear to be.
Despite this, just 7% of whiplash compensation claims are thought to be fraudulent, according to a statement by Labour MP Andy Slaughter in the Law Society Gazette.
What Causes Whiplash Injury?
Whiplash injuries most commonly occur to people travelling in a stationary car that is hit from behind by another car.
The rear impact can cause the head to suddenly jolt forwards, backwards or sideways, overstretching and damaging the delicate tendons and ligaments in the neck.
People suffering from a whiplash injury often complain of pain and stiffness in the neck, headaches and dizziness. According to the NHS, whiplash symptoms can take up to 12 hours to develop but can get worse over time and 12% of people with whiplash injuries still have symptoms six months later.
Recommended Treatments for Whiplash
Whiplash symptoms often don’t appear immediately, so if you have been in a car accident – even if you think it’s a minor one – you should see your GP as soon as you can.
Treating whiplash early is important and there are a few things you can do to help minimise the recovery time. You could try heat and ice treatment at home – according to NHS guidance, ice will help initially to reduce swollen ligaments. Heat will help your circulation and any muscle stiffness. Remember to wrap any ice or heat packs in a towel to help protect your skin.
Always keep a good posture and keep your neck mobile by doing some gentle neck exercises. There are many online sources that can help you, such as these whiplash neck exercise videos from Spine Universe.
Whiplash can be anything from a minor injury to a more serious and longer lasting condition, known as chronic whiplash, which can cause people to suffer quite debilitating symptoms affecting their everyday life.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers have a nationwide team of personal injury solicitors with many years’ experience of helping people with whiplash claim compensation for their injuries. Most whiplash compensation claims are dealt with on a No Win, No Fee basis, meaning there is no financial risk to you.
For a free consultation about making a whiplash injury claim, call Slater and Gordon Lawyers 24/7 on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online.