Whiplash Claims

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Whiplash Injuries

What is a Whiplash Injury

Whiplash commonly occurs during a car crash, when your head suddenly jolts backwards and forwards on impact.

A whiplash injury can be sustained to the spine, neck and surrounding soft tissues as they are forced into this ‘whipping’ motion. This sudden movement causes the muscles and ligaments of the neck to over stretch and become sprained - this is known as hyperextension. Being hit by a car from the back, side or front can all cause neck whiplash. If you have suffered a whiplash injury following an accident that was not your fault you may be able to claim for whiplash compensation.

Car accidents arent the only reason for whiplash - find out more about other causes of whiplash.

15 Million Drivers At Risk Of Whiplash Injury, Why?

A British Osteopathic Association report claimed that up to 15 million car drivers in the UK are at risk of suffering a whiplash injury. This is because a bad driving position can put drivers at greater risk of suffering a debilitating whiplash injury in the event of a collision.

Nearly 1500 drivers were consulted about their driving position habits. It was found:

  • One in ten drivers have their seat positioned too far back
  • 50% drove with their head too far away from the headrest
  • Only 6% adjust their headrest regularly and 51% admitted to never having adjusted the headrest at all
  • One in seven drivers sit too close to the steering wheel

Be aware of these problems and ensure you are driving in the correct position to reduce your risk of whiplash.

How Does A Whiplash Injury Occur?

Whiplash can occur following a number of incidents but we are going to explain the four phases of whiplash in the context of a car crash.

Phase One: Following impact the middle of the back is pressed against the seat causing a force that compresses the discs and joints of the cervical spine. However, the car is still moving, so the torso is pushed forward and the head moves backwards. In this phase the majority of the damage is caused before the head makes contact with the headrest.

Phase Two: The head continues backwards and an "s" shaped curve forms in the spine that increases the acceleration of the torso; the body is still moving forward while the head is still moving back. The body now reaches its maximum acceleration, which can be as much as 2 times the speed of the vehicle.

Phase Three: The body begins its journey back into the seat during the third phase, whilst the head and neck move forward at peak acceleration to be caught by the seatbelt. If the brakes have been applied during this phase, the resulting deceleration exaggerates the movement of the neck.

Phase Four: The fourth phase of the whiplash motion is usually the most damaging. Because the seatbelt is now restraining the torso, the head moves forward without obstruction, causing a violent bend in the neck. This strains muscles, ligaments and tears fibres. The spine becomes elongated and the motion can cause the brain to impact upon the inside of the skull.

Whiplash Symptoms

Find out the symptoms of whiplash to discover whether you may have a whiplash injury.

Is It A Whiplash Injury?

Some symptoms associated with whiplash actually indicate a more serious injury than whiplash, such as a spinal fracture. Therefore, if you have an accident and think that you may have whiplash injury, you must visit your GP or A&E for a diagnosis. They will confirm your injury, assess its severity and recommend the best course of treatment for you. Not only will this provide you peace of mind, the doctor's reports can be used as part of a whiplash claim to prove the accident directly caused your injury.

How Long Does A Whiplash Injury Last?

Usually, whiplash symptoms improve after a few days, and in over half of cases the symptoms disappear in around a week to a month. However, it can take months for whiplash neck injury symptoms to disappear completely. In around 25% of cases patients may still experience pain or stiffness after six months, and some patients experience intermittent symptoms that come and go for years.

The belief that all whiplash injuries are short lived is a misconception. A 2006 study by the University of Queensland backed up earlier research published in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology that those who had suffered a whiplash injury were more likely to suffer long term effects such as headaches, lack of mobility in the neck and shoulders, lower back pain and even psychological ailments such as depression.

The amount that you receive in compensation from your whiplash claim depends on the extent of your injuries. For example if you recover from your injuries within a year you will entitled to between £750 and £2,500. However if you suffer long-term effects then the amount can range from £7,750 to £13,750.

How Do I Treat A Whiplash Injury?

You should visit a doctor to find out what the appropriate treatment for your injury is. Find out more about whiplash injury treatment.

Claim Compensation for Your Injury

Making a claim for whiplash compensation can help you move on with your life after suffering a whiplash injury. Whiplash can affect a victim’s ability to work and carry on with their day-to-day lives. Financial compensation really can make a huge difference, allowing you to get specialist treatment and compensate extra costs such as travel, rehabilitation and time of work.

1st Claims can put you in touch with a lawyer to help you make your whiplash injury claim. We want to ensure you are happy with the solicitor we choose for you, which is why we choose only whiplash experts. Our solicitors put you first every time.

It costs nothing to ask as with 1st Claims you can make a whiplash claim enquiry without risk or obligation. All funding options will be explained to you so that you have all of the information required to make an informed decision.

If you would like 1stClaims' expert Whiplash Neck Injury Claims Solicitors on your side please call us free on 0800 2888 693 or complete our Free Claim Enquiry and we will be in touch with you very soon.

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  3. Costs - your options for funding your claim; and
  4. An explanation of what will happen next if you decide to carry on and make a claim (how your solicitor will take care of everything for you).

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