Can A Whiplash Injury Be Permanent?

Can A Whiplash Injury Be Permanent?

Nicholas Jervis, Solicitor (non-practising) and Managing Director of Whiplash Specialists Loyalty Law

If you have suffered a whiplash injury as a result of a road traffic accident you may be fearful that your symptoms are likely to be permanent. Are you likely to make a full recovery from your injury or will the symptoms you are currently experiencing remain on a long term basis? This article seeks to answer this question by looking at a how a whiplash injury is actually caused, what the main symptoms of a whiplash injury are, what the methods of treating a whiplash injury are and what the likeliness is of your injury being permanent.

A whiplash injury is commonly caused during a road traffic accident where one vehicle collides with the rear of another (often slow moving or stationary) vehicle. The collision causes the head and neck of the driver in the vehicle that has been struck to be suddenly and forcefully thrown back and forth causing the soft-tissue and ligaments in the neck to be stretched beyond their normal range of movement. This can cause a whiplash injury which may present itself in the form of stiffness, pain and/or discomfort in the neck and shoulders, back pain, headaches, nausea, dizziness and pins and needles. These symptoms may appear more or less straight away but it is more likely that they will take several hours, or even several days, to appear. As soon as you suspect that you may be suffering from a whiplash injury you should seek medical advice from your GP or local A&E department.

Your GP or local A&E department will advise you on the appropriate course of treatment for your injury. The treatment will largely depend on how severely you have been injury but may range from gentle mobility exercises to physiotherapy. In very rare cases, usually when complications occur, surgery may be required. It is very unlikely, these days, that you will be prescribed a surgical collar as latest research shows that keeping the neck gently mobilised is the best way to aid recovery.

So how long will it take you to recover from your injury and are your symptoms likely to be permanent? Again, this largely depends on how severely you have been injured. People who suffer from ‘minor’ whiplash injuries can be symptom free – i.e. back to their pre-accident state of health – within a few weeks of the accident. Commonly, sufferers make a full recovery from their whiplash injury within 1-2 years of the accident. In less common cases, where a more serious form of whiplash has been sustained, sufferers will go on to experience pain and discomfort for several years and in some cases symptoms are likely to be permanent.

If you decide to pursue a personal injury claim for the whiplash injury you have sustained, the medical expert who will be appointed to examine you will provide a prognosis on how long he or she expects your symptoms to continue and whether they are likely to be long-term or permanent.

To summarise, in most cases people who have sustained a whiplash injury and who have followed the recommended course of treatment, make a full recovery from their injury within 1-2 years of the accident. However, in some rarer cases, sufferers will be left with symptoms that are likely to be permanent and will need treatment to aid their recovery and to ease their pain.

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If you have suffered an injury please contact us immediately. Failure to do so could cause your claim to fail or significantly reduce the chances of success for two reasons:

  1. The longer the period you leave before taking action, the less the chance of the success of your claim. This is due to the evidence required to connect the chain of events to prove that your injury was caused by the accident in question.

  2. Our Loyalty Law specialists can only look after a set number of people who have been injured. This is because they aim to provide the highest standards of service and can only do this if they limit the number of people that they help. To give you the best chance of being helped by one of our solicitors get in touch with us immediately or we may not be able to help you.

Delay really can be fatal to your chances of success, so please contact us now and let us take care of you and your claim.

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What Happens Next?

You will be contacted by one of our specialist whiplash claim solicitors. They will explain whether they are able to help you with your whiplash claim. If they can, they will then take care of everything else for you. Being specialists, they know that you have already had enough stress following your accident, so they will make the whole process as simple as possible for you from that moment onwards.

This will include completing paperwork for you, arranging free replacement car hire and medical treatment, and generally taking really good care of you.

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Whiplash Claim Compensation Specialist Nicholas Jervis

Nicholas Jervis, Solicitor (non-practising) and Managing Director of Whiplash Specialists Loyalty Law

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  • No Hidden Costs – Unlike many of our competitors, Loyalty Law’s service is completely free for you to use. You can speak with one of our solicitors who will explain their service and any costs payable. You can then decide whether to ask for their help or not, but there are no charges to that point providing you with peace of mind.
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Call us free now on 0800 142 2775 (or local rate: 01275 75 00 44) for your free and instant whiplash claim assessment, or complete our Instant Claim Assessment online.

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