Claiming compensation for whiplash injuries

Whiplash injuries usually happen in car accidents. But whiplash injuries can also occur in other ways, such as from contact sports or falls. If your whiplash injuries occurred through an accident that was someone else's fault, you are entitled to claim whiplash compensation.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury to the muscles of the neck and spine. It occurs when the soft tissue in the spine is stretched and strained after the body is suddenly jerked with force.

The typical symptoms of whiplash injury are:

  • Pain in the neck, shoulders and arms
  • Headaches
  • Reduced movement in the neck
  • Tingling and dizziness

More serious whiplash injuries can also result in:

  • Memory loss
  • Problems concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disruptions

Whiplash injuries vary in severity, ranging from a slight ache to severe pain and impairment of movement. Symptoms can last for hours, weeks, months or even years. In serious cases, rehabilitative care and even surgery may be required. The more serious the injury is, the more important it is to make a whiplash compensation claim.

What can you claim for?

If you have suffered from whiplash you will know how discomforting it can be. It can cause ongoing day-to-day pain, affecting your activities and seriously impacting on your life and wellbeing.

Whiplash injury compensation can not only cover your pain and suffering, but also your medical costs and loss of income that may have resulted. If your injury is very serious and long-term you may be able to recover for your loss of amenity and loss of future income.

Making a claim

If you think you may be suffering from whiplash injuries, you should consult a doctor immediately. They can usually diagnose you based on your described symptoms. If they suspect that you may have fractured any vertebrae they may do an x-ray.

You should also get in touch with a personal injury solicitor to make a claim for compensation. Whiplash injury claims should be dealt with by experienced personal-injury solicitors. We have solicitors across the UK that we can put you in touch with directly.

Whiplash compensation claims are generally straight forward, but your chances will be greater if you get legal advice early on. Your solicitor will know what evidence you need to get to support your whiplash injury claim. Call us today to claim compensation so that you can get the treatment you need and put your accident behind you.

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