What is whiplash?
There has been much hype in the national media about whiplash claims but what exactly is a whiplash injury?
Whiplash is a non-medical term referring to soft tissue injuries commonly caused by car accidents. Whiplash can also occur after a sudden blow to the head during sporting activities such as boxing and rugby.
If you suffer a sudden jolt to your head, such as you may experience in a car crash, the muscles and nerves in your neck are strained. The resulting ‘whiplash’ injury is often very painful and can last anything from a few weeks to six months or longer (chronic whiplash).
Why are whiplash injuries controversial?
Whiplash injuries are slow to progress – symptoms can take 6 to 12 hours to appear – and hard to prove. Unlike broken bones, they do not show up x-ray. This doesn’t make them any less painful. This lack of medical detection can however lead to fraudulent or exaggerated claims.
How do you treat whiplash injuries?
Doctors will treat most whiplash injuries with a mixture of rest, physiotherapy and pain medication.
Why should I make a claim for whiplash compensation?
In order to recover from injuries from an accident that was not your fault, you will often have to take time off work, pay for pain medication and physiotherapy. All of these costs mount up. By making a compensation claim, you will recoup the money you have paid out plus you will receive an additional sum to compensate you for your pain and suffering.