Whiplash Claims

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Diagnosing Whiplash

Whiplash is the common name given to an injury caused by a sudden jolt or movement to the body or head, causing damage to the ligaments, tendons and muscles in the neck. It causes pain, stiffness and loss of movement initially, but can lead to other symptoms as the swelling increases.

A proper whiplash diagnosis should always involve a doctor or other medical professional. If you are at all worried that you may be suffering from a whiplash injury you should go to your local GP or a hospital as soon as possible for a diagnosis. However, here 1st Claims will give you some simple things to watch out for that may indicate that your injury will be diagnosed as whiplash.

Diagnosing Whiplash

A diagnosis of whiplash is more likely if you are suffering specific symptoms following specific accidents. Here we run through some common symptoms and causes of whiplash that may aid your whiplash diagnosis. This is not an extensive guide as every whiplash injury is different and your injury may present itself in a slightly different set of symptoms or occur in different circumstances to the ones we mention below.

Certain symptoms will indicate you are likely to have whiplash: Symptoms of whiplash often do not appear in the immediate aftermath of a collision. It may take between six to 12 hours for the symptoms to manifest and they may continue to get worse over the following days. If you are unsure whether or not you are suffering from whiplash, look out for the following symptoms:

  • tenderness of the neck
  • lack of mobility in the neck and shoulders
  • nausea
  • headaches
  • pain in the lower back
  • pain or numbness in the arms and hands
  • dizziness
  • blurred vision
  • tinnitus

Certain accidents are likely to cause whiplash: The most common cause of whiplash is a motor vehicle accident, when an impact between two vehicles (usually from a rear end collision) causes the head to jolt violently. However, it can also be the result of a range of other causes including contact sports e.g. rugby, being hit by a moving object, or a slip or fall that results in the same jolting action of the head and neck.

Will The Diagnosis Be Whiplash?

9 times out of 10 the diagnosis will be of whiplash or a more minor injury. However, sometimes these symptoms are not a sign of whiplash and of much more severe injuries such as a fractured spine. Therefore, for peace of mind it is absolutely vital that you consult a medical professional so they can make a proper diagnosis of your whiplash injury. Whatever your injury is you must receive a proper diagnosis to ensure that you receive the proper treatment.

Going to a GP for a whiplash diagnosis is also important to supplement a whiplash claim. A GP can also provide you with a full report of your injuries should you wish to consider making a whiplash claim.

Making a Claim for Whiplash

If you discover that you have sustained a whiplash injury, you may be able to claim for compensation. Find out more about claiming for whiplash.

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