What are the lasting effects of a whiplash injury?

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident and have suffered from a whiplash injury you may be wondering what symptoms you are likely to experience over the coming days and weeks, what treatment you will need for your injuries to aid your recovery and whether you will experience any long lasting effects from your whiplash injury. This article seeks to address these issues by looking at how a whiplash injury is actually caused, what the most common symptoms of a whiplash injury are, common recovery periods, treatment methods and lasting effects of whiplash injuries.

A whiplash injury is usually caused during a road traffic accident where one vehicle collides with the rear of another vehicle. The impact of the collision causes the head and neck of the driver (and passengers, if there are any) to suddenly and forcefully be thrown forwards and backwards which stretches the soft-tissue and ligaments beyond their normal range of movement. You may not be aware immediately that you are suffering from a whiplash injury as often symptoms take several hours, or even several days to appear. However, when they do start to appear, symptoms may present themselves as pain and stiffness in your neck, shoulders and upper back, headaches, restricted movement, lethargy, nausea, dizziness and pins and needles. As soon as you realise you may be suffering from a whiplash injury you should seek advice from your GP or local Accident & Emergency Department.

Commonly, people suffering from a whiplash injury make a full recovery within 1 year of the accident. This can, of course, vary depending on the extent of the injury with some very minor whiplash injuries being fully resolved within 1-2 months of the accident, and more serious whiplash injuries taking up to two years to resolve themselves. Treatment for whiplash injuries includes painkillers, gentle mobility exercises and physiotherapy.

Fortunately, long lasting effects of whiplash injuries are very common but, again, whether or not you will experience any long lasting effects will depend on how severely you have been injured. If you are unfortunate enough to still be experiencing pain and discomfort from your whiplash injury two years following the accident you are likely to have had your life significantly impacted by your injury. You may have had to take time off work, your hobbies may have had to be put on hold and you may have experienced some form of associated mild depression.

If you find yourself suffering from long lasting effects of a whiplash injury you should continue to seek medical treatment and follow the advice given. You should also contact an expert whiplash claim solicitor, if you have not done so already, as soon as possible as you only have three years from the date of the accident in which to make a whiplash compensation claim.

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Whiplash Claim Compensation Specialist Nicholas Jervis

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

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  • 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.
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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.

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