Whiplash injury solicitors deal with thousands of legal claims for this injury across the UK every week. Whiplash injury is caused by a sudden acceleration or deceleration of the head and neck often as a result of a rear end shunt in a vehicle accident and is also known as acceleration/deceleration syndrome. In its mild form it is referred to as a neck sprain and is characterised by a collection of symptoms that occur following damage to the neck usually as a result of a sudden change in motion affecting the discs, muscles, nerves or tendons of the neck. The damage is caused when head is violently thrown back, forwards or sideways followed by reflex contraction in the opposite direction. Swelling and inflammation occur following damage caused by rapid movements, which leads to pressure being placed on the nerves resulting in subsequent pain and discomfort.
Road traffic accidents cause tens of thousands of incidents of personal every year, a large percentage of which are whiplash injuries. Most of the personal injury claims that result in the issue of legal proceeding by way of a court summons in the UK civil law system involve this type of compensation claim. Most cases involving neck injuries are settled out of court by agreement between solicitors however a very small percentage require the issue of legal proceedings to establish both negligence and liability or to assess damages where it is not possible to reach agreement on the value of an award for personal injury. Contact our whiplash injury solicitors and we will immediately have your potential compensation claim placed in the hands of a highly experienced personal injury solicitor who will review the matter and advise if you have a claim.
Whiplash injury is not fully understood by the medical profession which is unable to come to any definite agreement on acceptable treatment methods. This condition is a personal injury which is normally caused when the neck is whipped backward and subsequently forward by a reflex reaction. It is usually caused by sudden acceleration or deceleration of the head and mostly, though not exclusively occurs in road traffic accidents. It involves injury or damage to the muscles, tendons, disks and nerves in or around the neck and shoulders which produces pain and stiffness in the neck. Symptoms may occur immediately after an accident but they may not be apparent for several days.
It is imperative that you obtain medical treatment as quickly as possible if you have not already done so. Untreated injuries can cause substantially more severe symptoms that those anticipated following appropriate treatment. You should also see a whiplash injury solicitor at the first opportunity taking with you full details of the accident, photographs of the location and details of any witnesses to the accident.
If you were involved in a motor accident that was not your fault and you suffer personal injury you may be entitled to make a whiplash injury claim for compensation. The amount of an award will vary dependent on the severity of the illness and the overall recovery period and whether or not there are any long term symptoms or disabilities. Damages vary from £2,000 for mild neck strain up to £250,000 for serious long term injury requiring surgery. Further compensation is also payable for financial losses caused as a result of the accident including loss of past and future wages, loss of advantage on the open labour market, a detrimental change in lifestyle as a result of the injury, damage to personal property and all reasonable general expenses and losses sustained as a direct result of the accident.
To pursue a compensation claim it is important to make urgent arrangements after an accident to be medically examined either by your general practitioner or at the local hospital Accident and Emergency (A&E) department. The GP or hospital record will be used by your whiplash injury solicitor in due course to prove the extent of the immediate post-accident medical condition and without this medical evidence it is extremely difficult to sustain a claim for damages.
Severe whiplash can cause serious damage to the spine and nervous system and this may often be resolved only over a long period of convalescence. In a minority of cases a chronic condition may develop, which results in constant pain and disability, with little hope of resolution of the discomfort. Damage to the bones in the neck rarely occurs however on those occasions when it becomes a problem it may be necessary to surgically repair the bone or cartilage which usually involves fusion of the vertebrae.
Symptoms of injury include dizziness, blurred vision, headache, nausea or vomiting, balance problems, pain or stiffness and loss of feeling or prickling in an arm or hand. It may also cause memory loss, concentration impairment, nervousness, irritability, sleep disturbances, fatigue and depression
If you have had an accident and believe that you may be suffering from whiplash injury you should seek proper medical advice as soon as possible. Diagnosis is normally swift, as this is a common injury associated with road traffic accidents. Diagnosis depends on various factors including the medical history, observation of symptoms and a physical and neurological examination. X-rays are carried out to remove any possibility of a fracture. A CAT Scan, MRI and other imaging tests may be required depending on the severity of the patient's symptoms.
Treatment is usually by way of pain medication, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants and physical therapy. Severe injury may be treated with a surgical collar, cervical traction and heat therapy. Surgery is not common. Sometimes though there can be a tear in an inter-vertebral disc which may have to be removed followed by fusion of the neck vertebrae.
Our whiplash injury solicitors deal with compensation claims on a risk free no win no fee basis. Our lawyers are all members the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts. You will receive a complete professional service from lawyers who specialise in claiming compensation for personal injury caused as a result of an accident. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. If you would like legal advice with no further obligation from a specialist personal injury lawyer, just use the helpline or email our offices.Solicitors Helpline: ☎ 0844 332 0859