Whiplash Injury Compensation

How Long Does It Take To Get Over Whiplash?

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident and have sustained a whiplash injury you may be starting to realise how much of an impact the injury can have on all aspects of your life. You may have had to take time off work due to the injury, you may be struggling to get a good night’s sleep or you may be finding it difficult to physically join in with your children’s activities as you have been used to doing. A whiplash injury can be disruptive to all areas of your work life, social life and personal life and you may be keen to know how long it will take you to get over your whiplash injury and start to get your life back to normal. In answering this question this article looks at how a whiplash injury is actually caused, the main symptoms and treatment methods and typical recovery periods.

Whiplash is caused during the course of a road traffic accident often, but not always, when one vehicle collides with the rear of another vehicle. The impact of the collision causes the head and neck of the driver and/or passengers in the vehicle that has been hit to be suddenly and forcefully thrown back and forth. This causes the soft-tissue and ligaments in the neck to be stretched beyond their normal range of movement which often results in a whiplash injury.

Symptoms of a whiplash injury not usually appear immediately but usually start to present themselves within a few hours or even a few days after the accident. Main symptoms include pain, stiffness and discomfort in the neck, shoulders and upper back, restricted movement in the neck, headaches, nausea, dizziness and lethargy.

Depending on the severity of your injury you will either be advised to take strong pain killers and carry out gentle mobility exercises or, if your injury is more severe, you may be advised to undergo a course of physiotherapy. It uncommon, these days, for surgical collars to be prescribed to patients who have sustained a whiplash injury as it is thought that keeping the neck immobile can delay recovery and/or cause complications.

So, how long does it take to get over whiplash? This largely depends on the severity of your injury and your pre-accident state of health. Most people who have suffered a mild to moderate whiplash injury make a full recovery within 6 to 12 months of the accident. People who have suffered a very mild whiplash injury could be completely back to their pre-accident state of health within a couple of weeks of the accident. However, where a more severe form of whiplash has been sustained it may be up to two years before recovery is made. In very uncommon cases sufferers will experience symptoms of whiplash that are likely to be present on a long time basis, or even permanently.

If you have sustained a whiplash injury it is important that you seek medical advice as soon as possible from your GP or local A&E department. In delay in medical advice and treatment could cause your injury to be aggravated and prolong your recovery. Our specialist Loyalty Law whiplash solicitors will be able to answer your legal questions and may be able to pursue a claim on your behalf. Call us today on 0800 142 2775 for a free, no obligation consultation.

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