What is whiplash?
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries suffered as a result of road accidents. It arises when there is a sudden and unexpected jolt due to an impact with another vehicle.
The most common example of a whiplash injury is when a car is hit from behind by another vehicle. The head is thrown backwards and the body goes forwards at the same time, this is often then followed by the head suddenly being thrown forward as the brakes are applied or due to another impact with a vehicle in front. This whiplash motion happens within a very short space of time. It causes injury to neck muscles, ligaments and joints. Soft tissue damage may also be sustained in other areas of the body.
Symptoms of whiplash can include neck and shoulder pain, dizziness, headaches and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Associated pain such as numbness or pins and needles can also be experienced in the arms.
What can I claim?
You may be able to claim:
- General damages: these cover physical pain and suffering, but can also include emotional pain such as depression which is a result of the injury.
- Special damages: these cover things such as loss of earnings and out of pocket expenses, including medical expenses.
The amount of compensation you’ll win will depend on the severity of your injuries and the extent of your losses.
How do I make a claim?
Contact our road accident specialists now to discuss making a no win/no fee personal injury claim. We’ll guide you through the whole process and make sure that you receive the best compensation possible.