What Are The Main Symptoms Of A Whiplash Neck Injury?

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident – particularly one where your vehicle has been hit in the rear by another vehicle – you may be wondering whether you are suffering from a whiplash neck injury. You may be wondering whether the symptoms you are experiencing are normal and whether you should visit your GP to discuss your symptoms. How do you actually know whether you are suffering from a whiplash neck injury? This article looks at how a whiplash neck injury is actually caused, the main symptoms of a whiplash neck injury and what you should do if you think you may be suffering from a whiplash neck injury.

A whiplash neck injury is usually, but not always, caused during the course of a road traffic accident. As mentioned above, it is a common injury resulting from a collision where one vehicle collides with the rear of another vehicle – often when the vehicle that has been hit is stationary or in a queue of slow-moving traffic. 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 forwards and backwards causing the soft-tissue and ligaments in the neck to be stretched beyond their normal range of movement.

You may not immediately be aware that you have sustained a whiplash neck injury as often the symptoms of a whiplash neck injury take a few hours, or even a few days, to appear. When the symptoms of a whiplash injury to present themselves you may experience pain and stiffness in your neck and shoulders, restricted movement in your neck, headaches, lethargy, dizziness, pins and needles and nausea.

You may experience some or all of these symptoms but as soon as you suspect that you may be suffering from a whiplash injury you should seek medical advice from your GP or local A&E department. The medical staff will advice on your on how to best treat your whiplash neck injury and treatment, certainly for minor whiplash injuries, is likely to include gentle mobility exercises and painkillers. More serious whiplash injuries may require a course of physiotherapy to aid recovery.

If you decide that you would like to make a claim for compensation for you whiplash neck injury you should contact an expert whiplash neck injury solicitor as soon as possible after your accident.

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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.

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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

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