What is Whiplash?
Whiplash injury is a very common ailment which most often occurs when someone is involved in a car accident. In a car accident collision the force of the impact often forces the neck violently backward and forwards. Clearly this is can do serious damage to the neck and upper spine.
When do whiplash symptoms usually occur?
Whilst whiplash symptoms can sometimes be felt immediately, this is not always the case. In a car accident a million things seem to be happening at once. There are many things to consider after you’ve just been in a car accident, and probably one of the last things that you’re thinking of is how your neck is feeling.
In many cases the symptoms occur a day or two after the accident. This is quite normal, so don’t worry. Often the whiplash is aggravated by sleeping in an awkward position or the stress of your daily routine.
What treatments are there for whiplash?
A general piece of advice is to keep your neck mobile, and keep gently moving it. Pain relief is often needed as the neck can feel quite sore. Paracetamol or Ibuprofen will help with the pain and your doctor may be able to prescribe something stronger if necessary.
Physiotherapy is often the most useful form of treatment for whiplash, which will help you recover in the long term. Your doctor may be able to refer you for NHS treatment, or if you make a successful whiplash claim you should be able to get private treatment as part of the whiplash compensation package.
Can I make a whiplash compensation claim?
Yes you can! If the accident wasn’t your fault or if you were a passenger, then you can definitely make a whiplash compensation claim.
How much would I get?
How much whiplash compensation you can get depends on the severity of the case. The minimum you would receive is 1,000 and this could be as high as £5,000 or even more.