How Long Does It Take To Recover From Whiplash?

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Whiplash?

Injured in a car accident? Suffering from whiplash injury? If this is happened to you, how long will it will take you to recover from whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury that is usually associated with pain in the neck, shoulder, back or arms. It most commonly occurs when you are sitting in a vehicle which is stationary and another vehicle drives into the back of you. As you are obliged to wear a seatbelt what happens usually is that when you' re hit from behind your body starts to move forward as it is connected to the seat.

As your head is separated not restrained by the seatbelt it does not move forward so quickly. Once the seatbelt does its work your body stops and starts to move backwards, however your head continues to move forward. It is not until your head has gone as far forward as it can that your body flips it back (whips it back hence the term 'whip’ lash). This is what causes the whiplash injury. The neck is stretched to its furtherest extreme to the front and then again at the back as it hits the head restraint. It is this overstretching of your neck muscles which causes the whiplash pain.

Immediate Action

If you have experienced this pain your first course of action is to visit your general practitioner and/or Accident And Emergency department for a full medical assesssment to ensure that your injuries are no more severe than whiplash.

You are likely to be advised to keep the neck mobile and possibly take painkillers to reduce the pain.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Whiplash?

Every person’ experience of whiplash both in terms of the amount of pain suffered and the time it takes to recover is very different and very personal.

Thankfully, most people will find that the neck pain has reduced to barely noticeable within a week or two. These people fall into the minor whiplash injury category.

Other people will find that the whiplash injury continues to cause them some discomfort for a period of a few months (possibly 3-6 months). They might find that it prevents them from doing some of their daily activities and also that they suffer regular pain. This would be classed as a moderate whiplash injury but a full recovery will usually be expected after the first 3 to 6 months.

Further groups of people might suffer from a moderately severe whiplash injury lasting from 6 -12 months where, although reduced in severity, the whiplash pain continues to cause them problems on a weekly basis. Once again, a full recovery should be expected.

However, for some people, unfortunately a severe whiplash injury can lead to permanent pain even after a 12 month period. Whilst pain may be intermitent and there may be some days where no pain is felt at all, there might be periods of days together where the whiplash "flairs up" and causes more pain than usual. As stated, this is the exception rather then norm and thankfully most people recover from whiplash within a few months of the accident in question.

Have You Suffered A Whiplash Injury?

If you have suffered a whiplash injury and would like to recover more quickly from whiplash you should seek private medical treatment (such as physiotherapy) to improve your chances of a speedy recovery. If you pursue a claim for compensation your solicitor should be able to arrange private medical treatment as part of your claim if he or she is a specialist in this area of law.

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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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