Symptoms of Whiplash

Whiplash is a soft-tissue neck injury that is most commonly sustained during a road traffic collision. More often than not, the injury will occur when a vehicle is hit from behind by another road user. The force of this impact will cause those within the struck vehicle to have their heads forcefully thrown backwards and forwards. This violent whipping motion of the head actually forces the tendons and ligaments in the neck to stretch beyond their normal range of movement - known medically as hyperextension.

What are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

Sometimes whiplash symptoms will appear immediately but often within six to 12 hours the swelling and bruising that is a whiplash injury will materialise as inflammation of the tissue often takes some time to develop. This will lead to symptoms such as a stiff and painful neck with a reduced range of movement. This pain may extend to the shoulders and upper back and will get increasingly worse for several days after the accident. Other symptoms may also develop, including:-

If you think you do have a whiplash injury, you should contact your GP to discuss treatment. Ordinarily whiplash is considered to be a self-limiting condition, meaning it will get better of its own accord. Nevertheless, sometimes symptoms do not alleviate and medical intervention is required. Additionally, there may be a more serious underlying condition that needs to be assessed.

All of these symptoms can arise for a number of reasons and if you have been involved in a road traffic accident, they may be related to the crash. It may be a coincidence that you experience these symptoms after being involved in an accident but it is always best to be on the safe side when it comes to certain injuries and to have yourself examined to ensure that you receive the right treatment.

How Long Do Whiplash Symptoms Take To Appear?

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident and you are now suffering from a stiff, sore neck, it is very likely you have sustained whiplash. This condition may not manifest itself right away, you may be experiencing an adrenaline rush after the injury that numbs or blocks any pain. It is therefore important to remain vigilant for signs of injury for a number of days after your accident because there are a number of symptoms of this condition to look out for. If you experience any whiplash symptoms in the days after being involved in a car accident, you should have yourself examined by a medical professional.

How Long Do Whiplash Symptoms Last?

All being well, the symptoms will pass in a few days or a week or two but they can last for much longer and in rare cases the effects of whiplash are permanent. The extent of the pain and injury can also be greater than you may assume and this is why people should seek medical assistance if they have been involved in a car accident. Whiplash can be extremely painful and it can have serious long-term implications for a person’s health.

Find out more about recovery from a whiplash injury.

Do You Have A Whiplash Claim?

If you have whiplash because of a traffic collision, you need to consider who was responsible for the accident. If blame lies with another party - such as another road user - you will be entitled to compensation for the damages you wrongfully incurred. To find out more about making a whiplash claim, contact a solicitor as soon as possible.Unsure if you can claim?

Why Choose 1stClaims?

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