How Long Does Whiplash Take To Recover?

Whiplash is a fairly common injury which is often (but not always) caused during the course of a road traffic accident where one vehicle collides with the rear of another vehicle. If you have been involved in a road traffic accident and have sustained a whiplash injury you may be going through a worrying time. It is often necessary to take time off work to recover from your injuries which can lead to additional financial worry if you do not get paid whilst you are on sick leave. Whilst dealing with the aftermath of the accident in which you have been involved, for example, making medical appointments and arranging for your vehicle to be repaired, your main concern is likely to be returning to your pre-accident state of health as quickly as possible. You may be wondering how long does whiplash take to recover from and what treatment you are likely to need in order to ensure that you recovery takes place as soon as possible. This article looks at how a whiplash injury is actually caused, what symptoms you may experience if you are suffering from a whiplash injury, common ways of treating whiplash injuries, how much compensation you may receive for your whiplash injury claim and how long it may take you to recover.

A whiplash injury is caused during a road traffic accident when the impact of a collision causes the head and neck to be suddenly and forcefully thrown back and forth causing the soft tissue and ligaments in the neck to be stretched beyond their normal range of movement. You may not be immediately aware that you have sustained a whiplash injury as often symptoms do not appear until several hours or several days after the accident. When symptoms do appear you may start to experience pain and discomfort in your neck, shoulders and upper back, restricted movement in your neck, headaches, nausea and dizziness. If you experience any or all of these symptoms, or have any other reason to suspect that you have been injured in the collision, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible from your GP or local Accident and Emergency Department.

Treatment methods for whiplash injuries vary depending on the severity of the injury. You are likely to be advised to take strong painkillers, carry out gentle mobility exercises or (if your injury is more severe) undergo a course of physiotherapy. These days you are unlikely to be advised to wear a surgical collar or keep your neck immobile in some other way as it is thought that lack of mobility can lead to complications and/or a delayed recovery.

The amount of compensation you receive for your whiplash injury will depend entirely on the severity of your injuries and how long it is likely to take you to recover from the same. The length of time it takes you to recover from your injuries will vary according to how severely you have been injured but, commonly, recovery takes place within 1 to 2 years of the accident. In some cases, where only a very mild whiplash injury has been sustained, suffers will have made a complete recovery within a few weeks of the accident. On the other end of the scale, where a more serious whiplash injury has been sustained, it may take sufferers two years or more to fully recover from their injuries.

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident and have sustained a whiplash injury our Loyalty Law solicitors will be able to answer any questions you may have about how long it is likely to recover from your injuries. Call us today on 0800 142 2775 for a free, no obligation consultation.

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