Claiming for Whiplash

Ask anyone who has suffered from whiplash and they’ll tell you how painful it can be, not to mention the impact it can have on emotional wellbeing and day-to-day life.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash occurs when the head is jerked suddenly, backwards, forwards or sideways. The sudden and vigorous head movement can overstretch and damage the ligaments and tendons in the neck, causing serious pain and stiffness.

Symptoms of whiplash often don’t always develop straight away and may take a while (6-12 hours) to appear. 

Common causes of whiplash

Road traffic accidents are the most common cause of whiplash, often occurring when a vehicle is struck from behind by another. Other possible causes of whiplash include:

  • Contact sports (e.g. rugby, boxing, martial arts)
  • Slips, trips or falls
  • Hits to the head by heavy objects

If your whiplash was caused due to someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to claim for compensation.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

Symptoms of whiplash can vary from person to person and will largely depend on the circumstances in which the injury occurred. Some of the most common symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Neck pain or stiffness
  • Tender neck muscles
  • Headaches
  • Reduced/loss of movement in the neck

Other possible signs of whiplash may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Lower back pain
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus
  • Blurred vision

Chronic whiplash can also leave victims with long lasting emotional and psychological problems, such as depression or anxiety.

How can I claim?

At Express Solicitors, we believe a serious injury is one that has a severe impact upon the activities of your daily living. While whiplash is not generally considered ‘serious’ if, for example, you were a ballet dancer it could potentially put an end to your career.

Whiplash injuries can be life changing which is why our solicitors are dedicated to getting the best compensation possible whilst also obtaining the best quality standard of living for you after a whiplash injury.

To make a claim for whiplash or any other neck injury, give us a call today on 0161 904 4660 to discuss your claim free of charge.


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