Whiplash is one of the most common injuries as a result of a Road Traffic Accident. It is a type of neck injury, caused by a sudden jerking of your head in any direction. The soft tissues of your neck are sprained, damaged or stretched as a result of the sudden movement.
Whiplash usually heals within a few weeks, but for some people the damage can last months or longer. Some injuries take up to a year or more to fully heal.
Daily activities can be severely limited during this healing process and your ability to enjoy your leisure pursuits can be severely curtailed. Prolonged pain and discomfort may even lead to side-effects such as anxiety or depression.
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Common symptoms include neck stiffness, difficulty moving your head, pain in your shoulders or arms, headaches, pain and tenderness in the neck and muscle spasms.
Less common symptoms are dizziness, tiredness, pins and needles in your hands, memory loss and irritability. These symptoms might appear straight away or several hours after the accident.
Whiplash is often seen as minor, but it can have serious consequences. It may prevent you from working until it is fully healed, which can be a significant amount of time. Or it may require specialist treatment, such as physiotherapy or rehabilitation for more serious damage.
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A solicitor can support you in claiming compensation for your whiplash injury, no matter how slight or serious. Accessing physiotherapy or private healthcare can be expensive, as can losing days of work, or the cost of taxis if you are unable to use public transport or drive.
Your claim should put you back in the same financial position as you were in before your injury, as well as pay you damages for any pain or suffering you have experienced as a result of your Road Traffic Accident.
If the accident was not your fault, or you were only partially at fault, your claim may be fully or partially successful.
A solicitor at Scot Accident Claims will be able to advise you on the likelihood of your claim being successful, as well as the amount you can expect to receive.
You should seek medical advice from your GP if you suspect you have whiplash, from a Road Traffic Accident or any other cause (any shock or sudden movement of your head or neck can cause this injury).
Whiplash will normally heal on its own. There is no need for a collar or brace. The treatment is actually keeping your head mobile. You can also use mild painkillers to alleviate the pain, as well as stretching or exercises, as advised by a doctor.
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