Road traffic accidents can have terrible consequences for the victims involved; the personal injuries that you can gain from a road traffic accident can have devastating effects on your life but the most common injury that you will likely gain from a road traffic accident is whiplash.
Whiplash affects about two or three people who are involved in road traffic accidents. It causes the soft tissue in the spine to be stretched and strained after the body is thrown suddenly and forcefully. This can cause severe neck pain as well as the following symptoms:
- Stiffness in the neck
- Neck swelling
- Tenderness along the back of the neck
- Loss of movement in the neck and headaches
These are the most common symptoms that are associated with whiplash but you may also be suffering from pain in your lower back, numbness or pins and needles in your arms and hands as well as muscle spasms, dizziness, blurred vision and ringing in the ears.
People seem to be under the wrong impression that whiplash only happens from rear end collisions when a car is travelling at increased speed; this however isn't the case. You are just as likely, if not more likely, to suffer from whiplash in a car that was travelling as slow as 10mph. also it isn't just rear end collisions that cause you to be suffering the effects of whiplash, you can end up suffering from whiplash if your vehicle was hit from the back, front or side. This is because any of these motions can hyperextend the neck beyond its normal range of motion, causing damage to your muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue.
The symptoms of whiplash usually begin to improve after a few days and in around 60% of whiplash cases the symptoms that you are suffering from will be completely gone after about four weeks; however in rare cases the symptoms of whiplash can take a few months to completely disappear and some people may still have stiffness and pain for some time after the injury occurred.
In many cases when people are left suffering whiplash it is because of the negligence of another driver, if this describes your situation then you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
If you were involved in a road traffic accident in the last three years that was caused through no fault of your own then contact us here at Help With Your Claim. We are personal injury specialists who are highly trained in dealing with all aspects of no win no fee claims, including claims made against damages for whiplash injury.
For more information about what Help With Your Claim can do for you and your whiplash claim contact us today and we will help you in anyway that we can.