The NHS describes a whiplash injury as “a type of neck injury caused by sudden movement of the head forwards, backwards or sideways”.
A whiplash injury is where soft-tissue damage has occurred in the neck, which can also result in associated pain and tenderness in the shoulders, arms and back.
Whiplash is the most commonly suffered injury in a road traffic accident. It is quite common for whiplash to develop and worsen several hours following the accident.
Treatment for whiplash
It is advisable for you to seek medical attention either via your GP or Hospital when you have suffered a whiplash injury. It may be advised that you apply ice to the affected area and/or take pain killers for the pain and inflammation.
Physiotherapy will often be recommended to aid in your recovery and your GP can refer you for this via the NHS.
The defendant’s representatives may offer to fund physiotherapy treatment privately. It may also be possible for you fund this privately and then claim this back from the defendant’s representatives to avoid waiting for NHS referral. A solicitor specialising in personal injury claims will be able to advise you about this.
Whiplash compensation amounts
The amount of compensation you can claim will depend on the discomfort and length of ongoing symptoms. A whiplash claim can be made to compensate you for your pain, suffering and loss of amenities and you can also claim for any other related losses such as loss of earning, property damage and medical expenses.
Making a claim for whiplash injury
In order to prove that you have suffered a whiplash injury and to assess the extent of that injury and causation of the injury you may be asked for a copy of the relevant entry in your GP and/or Hospital notes.
Therefore, it is important that you seek medical attention, even if you feel your symptoms are manageable as they may worsen over time.
Personal Injury Solicitors