If I Have Sustained A Whiplash Injury, How Long Will My Symptoms Take To Appear?

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident – especially one where your car has been hit in the rear by another vehicle – you may be wondering whether you are suffering from a whiplash injury and, if so, how long your symptoms may take to appear. This article seeks to answer this question by looking at how a whiplash injury is actually caused, what the common symptoms of a whiplash injury are and how long they do take to appear. We will also look at common methods of treating a whiplash injury and how long it may take you to recover from the injury.

A whiplash injury is caused, usually during a road traffic accident, when your head and neck are suddenly and forcefully thrown back and forth causing the soft-tissue and ligaments in your neck to be stretched beyond their normal range of movement. Immediately after the accident you may not be aware of any symptoms. Commonly, the symptoms of a whiplash injury can take a few hours, or even a few days, to appear. As soon as you are aware that you may have been injured in the accident you should seek medical attention from your local A&E department or from your GP. This will serve the purpose of ruling out anything more serious than whiplash and also will enable you to listen to advice about how to treat your whiplash injury.

A whiplash injury may present itself in a whole manner of symptoms which, as we have already noted, may not appear until several hours or days after the accident. You may experience pain and discomfort in your neck and shoulders, restricted movement in your neck, headaches, nausea, dizziness, back ache and pins and needles.

If you have sustained a very mild whiplash injury you may be advised to treat the injury with gentle mobility exercises and painkillers. However, if your injury is more severe then you may be referred for a course of physiotherapy to aid your recovery.

The symptoms of a mild whiplash injury may be fully resolved within a few months to a year of the accident. More serious injuries may take up to two years to resolve and in fewer cases symptoms may be present on a long term basis with a slim chance of ever making a full recovery. Most people have recovered from their whiplash injury within one to two years of the accident.

To summarise, it is important to be aware, if you have been involved in a car accident, that you may not immediately be aware that you are suffering from a whiplash injury. If you start to experience any of the symptoms described above, or any other symptoms, following a road traffic accident you should visit your local A&E department or your GP as soon as possible for medical advice.

Only Loyalty Law Can Make You This Promise:

  • 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:

  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.


Whiplash Claim Compensation Specialist Nicholas Jervis

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

How Loyalty Law Help You With A Claim For Whiplash!

Our service to you is completely free of charge. We match you with specially selected, expert whiplash claim solicitors. Our service for you includes the following:-

Share This Article With:

The Loyalty Law Promise For You:

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.

Why Spend Time Trying to Find the Right Solicitor when We Have Already Done It for You?

How do you know which solicitor will provide you with the best service? While you can assume that solicitors have a basic level of legal knowledge, how can you be confident that they really are the right solicitor for you?

Loyalty Law take the worry out of the search. We have done the pre-approval for you, ensuring that Loyalty Law solicitors provide high efficiency, specialist expertise, complete competence and a friendly and helpful service. Call us free now on 0800 142 2775 (or local rate: 01275 75 00 44).

UK Coverage

We have specialist Solicitors across England, Wales and Scotland ready and waiting to help you.

As Featured In:

BBC, SKY, TalkSport and Metro

Our Promise