QUESTION: What are the First Indications of Whiplash Injury?

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QUESTION: What are the First Indications of Whiplash Injury?

Whiplash compensation claims are one of the most frequent types of claim we handle at The Compensation Experts. It regularly results from a car accident but can happen at any time the head is flung back and forth, such as during a bad tackle on the rugby pitch, or from slipping or falling down some stairs. Whiplash symptoms may not always be obvious immediately, or even shortly after an accident. This guide will assist you in knowing what to look for.

How to Recognise Whiplash

Early symptoms of whiplash to be alert to include:

  • Pain in your neck and shoulders
  • Stiffness in your neck, and an inability to move it up and down or side to side
  • Feeling sick or nauseous
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Lethargy
  • Blurred vision

Symptoms normally appear within 24 to 48 hours after an accident, but in rare cases, they may not present until later. To be able to claim compensation for whiplash it will need to be correctly diagnosed and documented by a doctor so seek medical advice if you suspect you may be suffering from it.

A doctor will ask you questions about how and where you are feeling pain, and whether you have restricted movement. They will check for tenderness and swelling and may refer you for an X-ray, CT scan or MRI scan to rule out any other possible cause for your symptoms.

Treatment for Whiplash

As whiplash is similar to a sprain the treatment starts with pain-killers – normally the sort you can buy over the counter – and ice to reduce any swelling. Your doctor may prescribe strong painkillers if you are struggling with pain or suffering from muscle spasms. If your symptoms don’t alleviate within a few weeks, then you may be referred for physiotherapy and shown techniques to help strengthen the muscles around your neck and shoulders. You may also have a brace to help support your muscles while they are healing.

Most cases of whiplash heal within a few months but for some victims, the symptoms can linger for a year or even longer. It is critical you get medical advice as soon as possible to ensure you do not injure yourself further by not getting the correct treatment.

Whiplash Compensation Claims

Get in touch with The Compensation Experts to find out more about claiming compensation for whiplash injuries. We work with specialist lawyers around the country who will assist you in obtaining the maximum compensation to which you may be entitled.

Those who have experienced it know that whiplash is no mere triviality or joke, but that it can be a painful and debilitating injury. Many clients we help have had to take time off work to recover, with some being financially penalised as a result. If that has happened to you, then we may also be able to help you claim compensation for loss of income.

We are happy to provide a free, no-obligation conversation to answer any questions you have about whiplash compensation so contact The Compensation Experts today.

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