How Do You Know If A Person Has Whiplash?

How Do You Know If A Person Has Whiplash?

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident and is suffering from pain in the neck, shoulders, back or arms, how do you know if this person or if you have whiplash?

Symptoms Of Whiplash

There can be many symptoms of whiplash that will tell you whether a person is suffering from it. The most common symptoms of whiplash are neck injuries. During the course of the accident your neck moves backwards and forwards and stretches beyond its normal and comfortable ranges of movement. It is this extreme stretching of the neck muscles which causes you to feel pain in the back of your neck, often moving down into the shoulders. If you find it difficult to move your neck to the left or right or forwards or backwards without experiencing pain you may well be suffering from whiplash.

Shoulder Injury

If you feel stiffness moving into the shoulders and across the top of your back this can be another sign that you are suffering from a whiplash injury. You might find that you can not rotate your arms in a circular motion without experiencing pain or that they will not go as high as they did prior to the accident. This could be another sign that a person has whiplash.

Arm Injury

Another sign that you are suffering from a whiplash injury is if you experience pins and needles or tingling in your arms. This is quite a common form of whiplash and another sign that you are suffering from it.

Back Injury

A back injury can be experinced in the upper or lower back or even right down the middle of your back. If you are suffering back pain following a car accident this could be another sign that you have whiplash.

Other Symptoms

Finally, other common symptoms can include nausea, dizziness, sickness and a general feeling that you are not quite "with it". Whiplash can make you feel generally unwell, possibly even flu like.

What Should You Do?

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms of a whiplash injury you should immediately consult either your general practitioner or the Accident and Emergency department at your local hospital. They will carry out a full medical examination to ensure that your injuries are no more severe than a whiplash injury and confirm your diagnosis.

You should then seek legal advice from a specialist whiplash claim solicitor who will confirm how you can make a claim for compensation.

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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:

  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.

Call us free now on 0800 142 2775 (or local rate: 01275 75 00 44) for your free and instant claim assessment, or complete our Instant Claim Assessment online.

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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