Personal Injury

Claiming for whiplash: What it means

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Carrie Tennick, December 05, 2019

Whiplash is one of those things you may have heard a lot about but not quite know the finer details of until it affects you.

The injury can be hugely painful – often causing major disruptions to life. Claiming for whiplash has had some bad press in recent years, but if you have been affected by this injury and it wasn’t your fault, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a strain of the soft tissue in the neck. It is caused by a sudden movement of the head and is most commonly caused by car accidents. In fact, it is the most common injury sustained in car accidents. It can also be caused by certain sporting activities, including martial arts and boxing.

It typically causes neck pain and stiffness, as well as headaches and tenderness. You may also find that you suffer from muscle spasms, dizziness and tingling or numbness in the arms – among other symptoms.

A whiplash injury typically only makes itself known 24 to 48 hours after the accident that caused it. This means you may think you’re fine immediately after your accident, but start to develop symptoms a day or two later.

The effects of whiplash

When you’ve suffered from whiplash, it can be a stressful time. You may find that you’re unable to do the things you normally would. It could affect your working life, as well as any hobbies or activities you would normally participate in.

Recovering from whiplash will take time. It can be months before you are back to normal, with some injuries even taking years to recover from. You may require treatment such as physiotherapy to help aid your recovery.

A compensation claim can help you pay for the treatment you need, as well as any expenses incurred in getting this treatment, such as travel to and from appointments.

How to make a whiplash claim

Whiplash is not something that others can see. Therefore, a doctor’s opinion diagnosis will help you prove your injury. It will help if you can see your doctor at the earliest opportunity. As soon as symptoms develop, ensure you make an appointment to be seen.

Once you’ve done this and you’ve been diagnosed with whiplash, you should contact First4Lawyers. Our friendly claims advisors will be happy to talk you through your options and help you decide on the best course of action.

If you decide to go ahead with a claim – and there’s no obligation to proceed with anything when talking to us – we’ll put you in touch with one of our specialist personal injury solicitors. They will then take over the management of your claim, helping you build the strongest case possible.

The evidence that could help

When making a whiplash claim, you will benefit from collecting as much evidence as possible. If you can get everything together before deciding to go ahead with a claim, you could find the process more straightforward.

This includes any medical records, reinforcing the importance of seeing your doctor as soon as possible. If your injury was sustained in a car accident, you’ll benefit from having the other driver’s details. This should be information you have from your insurance claim.

If you have any dash cam footage of the accident, this could help prove your case. Meanwhile, if any CCTV footage of the roads is available, it could be even more helpful. Your solicitor will help you narrow down what you might need to put forward the most robust case. So if you have any queries about what you might need, don’t hesitate to ask them.

Going ahead with a claim

When you want to pursue a whiplash claim, just contact First4Lawyers by calling us for free, requesting a call back or starting your claim online. We’ll take a few details from you and ask you to explain how you sustained the injury. After that, we’ll introduce you to the solicitor assigned to your case.

So when you’ve had a whiplash injury, don’t feel like you have to accept it as one of those things. If it was caused by someone else, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation to get yourself back to the position you were in before the accident every happened.