Common Forms Of Whiplash

Some injuries occur more than others after an accident.

After a slip, trip or fall in a public space, you could either suffer a severe bruise or something more serious like a broken limb.

In the workplace, falling off a ladder or a balcony could result in suffering broken ribs or a serious back injury. Regardless of the setting, if the injury wasn’t their fault, filing injury claims would often be on their mind.

When personal injury claims are made after a road accident, the most common injury claimed for is whiplash. Whiplash negligence is a common complaint made by people who suffer the injury after an accident on the road. They believe that the motorist who crashed into them has sole responsibility for their injury, believing that they neglected their duty to drive safely as all motorists are told to do.

Whiplash is usually caused on the road when one vehicle crashes into the back of another. This sometimes happens in heavy traffic when someone unnecessarily accelerates in a traffic jam, although during the winter months, rural routes are sometimes afflicted by black ice, which can also cause accidents of a similar nature. At the point of collision, whiplash occurs when the driver and passengers experience a sudden jolt, forcing their heads to move back and forth rapidly, which is when it begins to strike.

Immediately after a crash, it can be hard to tell if you have whiplash, but there are a few symptoms to look out for. The major one is stiffness in the neck area, which has a number of knock-on effects, particularly on your spine. Other signs of whiplash include headaches and dizziness, difficulty swallowing food and drink and shoulder and back pain. If you have any or all of these after having a crash, the chances are that you do have whiplash.

Neck stiffness caused by whiplash can last anything from a few weeks to a few years, and it could hinder your ability to work, travel and perform routine household tasks. To be certain of whether you have it, there is one thing you need to do above all else.

As you would with any other medical complaint, going to your doctor or GP to ask for a diagnosis is a must. They can help you get the treatment you need if you have whiplash, and if you decide to make a personal injury claim against the driver responsible, they will help you by contributing your medical records as proof of your injury should you file a claim.

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