Effectively treating whiplash injuries
A whiplash injury is caused when the head and neck are suddenly and forcefully thrown back and forth, or from side to side, causing soft tissue damage to the neck. This usually happens as a result of a road traffic accident but can also occur in other incidents such as slips, trips or falls or during a sporting accident. It is important that, as soon as possible after the accident you seek treatment from either your local Accident & Emergency Department or your GP so that your injuries can be assessed and the appropriate treatment can be administered. Of course, if your injuries are (or appear) serious, an ambulance will have been called and you will have been taken to your local hospital. The symptoms of your whiplash injury may not appear until a few hours, or often a couple of days, after the accident has occurred.
You will usually be advised to apply an ice pack to the affected area as soon as possible after injury has occurred, to help reduce inflammation.
It is likely that your GP or the medical staff at the hospital will either prescribe you strong painkillers, or advise you to take over the counter medication, to ease any pain and discomfort you may be suffering in your neck.
Cervical collars are not used as often as they used to be as these days the patient is often encouraged to gently mobilise the neck as soon as possible after the accident. However, in some circumstances soft collars are still used following a whiplash injury and it is important that you follow the advice of your GP or hospital staff as to whether a collar should be worn and for how long.
Chiropractors treat joint, muscle and ligament damage and in some instances your GP may refer you for chiropractic treatment to aid your recovery from your whiplash injury. Chiropractic treatment can be arranged through the NHS or privately.
It may be necessary for you to attend upon an osteopath who will manually apply force to the affected area to try and encourage the normal range of movement. Again, osteopathy can be arranged through the NHS or privately and your GP will continue to assess you to decide whether this is the appropriate method of treatment for you.
It is extremely rare that surgery is required to aid the recovery of a whiplash injury. Surgery is only likely to be necessary if you have, for example, damaged a disc or suffered some other complication, whist incurring your whiplash injury.
These are just some of the treatment methods available to aid your recovery from your whiplash injury.
How can Loyalty Law help?
Loyalty Law have a national network of expert treatment providers and if you choose to use one of our solicitors to pursue a claim for whiplash compensation we will arrange for you to receive private treatment for your injuries. This will be at no cost to you – the cost involved in undergoing private treatment will form part of your claim and will not come out of any damages awarded to you.
What should I do now?
If you have suffered a whiplash injury through no fault of your own make a free call to Loyalty Law now on 0800 242 1775 or make an online enquiry.
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- Approachable Solicitors - Our solicitors are friendly, approachable and are all recognised accident claim experts.
- 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.
- Guaranteed Peace Of Mind – We monitor customer feedback at the end of every claim to ensure you receive a fantastic service.
Why You Must Act Now!
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:
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.
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.
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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