How Long Will My Whiplash Injury Last For?

How long will my whiplash injury last for

If you have been unfortunate enough to have sustained a whiplash injury as a result of a road traffic accident you may be experiencing significant pain and discomfort and you may be wondering how long it will take you to recovery from your injury. There is no clear answer to this question but it may help to understand how a whiplash injury is caused and what action can be taken to aid recovery.

A whiplash injury occurs when the head and neck are forcefully and suddenly thrown back and forth causing damage to the soft-tissue and ligaments in the neck. This often occurs in road traffic accidents, for example, when a stationary vehicle is hit in the rear by another vehicle that fails to stop in time for some reason or another.

The symptoms of whiplash are often not apparent until several hours, or even several days, after the accident. Along with an aching neck which can be stiff and have a limited range of movement, you may also experience symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, lack of concentration, back pain and pins and needles. The symptoms of whiplash injuries must be taken seriously and it is important that you visit your GP or local Accident & Emergency Department if you think you may have sustained a whiplash injury.

Whiplash injuries vary in severity from those where the symptoms have completely disappeared within a week or two of the accident to those, fortunately quite rare cases, where the sufferer will continue to suffer from the symptoms of their whiplash injuries indefinitely. It is usually the case that the sufferer has completely recovered from the symptoms of their whiplash injury within a year or two of the accident at the most, however, each case is different and will depend on factors such as the force of the collision, the age and agility of the injured party and any pre-existing medical conditions.

The treatment for whiplash injuries also varies, usually depending on the severity of the injury. Some patients will simply be advised to carry out gentle mobility exercises to increase the range of movement in their neck, whilst other patients may require painkillers, osteopathy or chiropractic treatment. It is essential that anyone suffering from a whiplash injury follows the advice of their doctor to ensure that recovery from the injury can be achieved as soon as possible.

If you make a whiplash claim for compensation, your solicitor is unlikely to advise you to agree to settle your whiplash claim until you have either made a completely recovery from your injuries or a firm prognosis has been given by a medical expert who has examined you, providing a strong base upon which to negotiate settlement of your claim.

If you think you may be suffering from a whiplash injury you should seek the advice of your GP as soon as possible to try and increase your chances of falling into the bracket of those sufferers who recover from their injury sooner rather than later.

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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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