Whiplash is a neck or back injury that occurs when the body suddenly jolts back and forth quickly – like a whip cracking – and commonly occurs during a motor vehicle accident.
The symptoms of a whiplash injury can range from mild to severe. Symptoms can include neck or back pain and stiffness, headaches, tingling or numbness in the arms, dizziness, blurred vision and fatigue. In some cases, whiplash can also cause cognitive problems such as memory loss and difficulty concentrating.
Whiplash sometimes gets better within 2-3 months after physiotherapy treatment. In addition to physiotherapy, it can also often be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers and a hot or cold pack. However, whiplash neck and back pain can also become chronic without treatment.
Related article: If you have been in a car accident and are looking to make a whiplash injury claim, read more about the steps you need to take.
If you’ve been injured in a road accident and have whiplash, a serious neck injury or another injury as a result, you may be entitled to compensation.
The insurer may agree to pay some or all costs for your ongoing treatment before your whiplash injury claim has been finalised – so that you don’t have to cover the costs while you wait for an outcome.
An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to advise you of your options for making a whiplash claim and ensure you receive your full whiplash injury payout.
Whiplash from car accidents can cause significant pain and discomfort and can also worsen over time without treatment. If you have experienced whiplash as a result of a car crash or other type of road accident, it’s important to seek medical help as a first step.
If whiplash is preventing you from earning an income, causing pain and suffering and costing you in medical bills – it’s important to also seek legal help about whiplash compensation.
A common law claim for whiplash injury compensation could cover:
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