Whiplash is a very common injury that often results from car accidents, although it can also be caused by other accidents, including falls and slips. Whiplash occurs when the head is suddenly jolted forwards, sideways or backwards, causing damage to the ligaments or tendons in the neck. This can be very painful, and often leads to headaches and stiffness in the neck.
Whiplash is not always immediately obvious, but symptoms may develop during the twelve-hour period following an accident. Symptoms may worsen over time, and can last for many months. You should see your GP as soon as possible after a car accident or other incident in which you think you may have injured your neck.
How Is Whiplash Treated?
1. See a doctor. Sometimes whiplash symptoms do not appear immediately, and even if you notice an initial pain in your neck, this may worsen over time. See your doctor as soon as possible, and keep a record of your appointment in case it should be needed in the future to make an insurance or compensation claim.
2. Rest and recover. It’s vital to minimize your recovery period by resting your neck as much as possible and allowing your muscles and ligaments to recover. Ice applications can be very useful in the early stages to reduce swelling, and heat applications will encourage healing and relieve muscle pain. Take advice from your doctor or nurse to ensure that you are doing the best thing for your injury.
3. Be aware of your injury. Discuss your treatment with your doctor and, if recommended, be sure to spend time rehabilitating your muscles with specific whiplash exercises. You can find these online, or speak to a medical professional about the best way to help your injury to heal. Whiplash can last for many months, and symptoms may affect the every day life of sufferers, preventing them from working or from moving around as normal.
4. Consult a solicitor. If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you will probably be able to make a claim for compensation. A solicitor who is experienced in personal injury claims will help you to gain recompense for your injury, and this may include compensation beyond the basic amount provided by your insurance company. Talk to us at Irwin, Kilcullen & Co Solicitors, and find out whether you have a case for claiming compensation.
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