Most people will know someone who has suffered from Whiplash. It can be a very painful and distressing thing to suffer with. If you have sustained whiplash and are wondering what your options are as far as treatments and legal claims are concerned then you'll find the information in this article to be invaluable. 

What are the causes of Whiplash?

When most people think of whiplash, they automatically associate it with car accidents. Whilst car accidents do account for a lot of cases of whiplash, it can be caused by any sudden jolt to the neck, which causes it to become hyper extended. Other common causes of whiplash other than car accidents are falling off a bike or a horse. This often results in the neck muscles being jolted suddenly, resulting in whiplash.

Symptoms of Whiplash

Common Whiplash symptoms include:

  • Neck Stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle Pains
  • Aching
  • Fatigue
  • Disrupted Sleep
  • Vision Impairment
  • Vertigo

  Not every Whiplash sufferer will get all these symptoms but these are some of the most common, especially neck stiffness and headaches.

What Does Whiplash Feel Like?

Nearly everyone has experienced neck pain and headaches at some point and whiplash is not dissimilar to this, although often it can be quite extreme and result in restricted movement of the head and neck, amongst other symptoms. Whiplash is usually at its worst just after the injury has been sustained. People who are involved in car accidents often find they are not able to move their head at all for a few minutes afterwards. But it can sometimes take between 6 to 12 hours for the symptoms to show.

Whiplash Treatment

Proper treatment is essential to ensure that you recover from whiplash as quickly as possible. Below are some of the most common types of whiplash treatments:

  • Physiotherapy – If Whiplash symptoms persist, then physiotherapy is often used to help relieve pain and restore full movement. Through using a range of massage and manipulation, the function and movement of your head and neck can be completely restored without any pain or discomfort.
  • Painkillers – If your symptoms are more severe, then you may be prescribed painkillers to help manage them. Over-the-counter painkillers are usually enough to ease symptoms in most cases but sometimes your GP may prescribe something stronger, such as codeine.
  • Good Posture & Exercise – Good posture and exercise are strongly recommended to speed up the recovery from whiplash. Whether you are walking around or sitting down, you should ensure that your back is straight. In addition to this, you can do controlled exercises such as yoga to help speed up the recovery too.

How Long Does Whiplash Last?

In most cases, whiplash will clear up on its own, usually within a matter of months, especially when treatment such as physiotherapy is used. However sometimes the symptoms of whiplash can persist and cause further problems that can even last for years. In this case it would be referred to as chronic whiplash.

How to Claim for Whiplash

When you want to make a claim for a whiplash injury you should seek the advice of a legal firm or a solicitor. Whilst Whiplash claims are fairly straight forward, you'll want to hire a law firm that adheres to the following:

  • They have had previous experience and success in dealing with whiplash claims.
  • In the event of a successful claim, you will keep at least 75% of the compensation.
  • They will not charge any hidden fees such as administration fees.

  Most reputable firms will adhere to the above points and work to get you as much compensation as possible.

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How Long Do Whiplash Claims Take?

The success of a Whiplash claim depends very much on the opinion of the doctor who is assessing your progress. Due to the fact that the nature of the payout will depend on the length and severity of your injuries, it is not unusual for claims to take between 6-12 months to settle. This is to ensure that there is significant evidence to show the extent of your symptoms. If you have suffered whiplash as a result of an accident that wasn't your fault, get in touch with Cute Injury...

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