Have you sustained a whiplash injury following a road traffic accident that was not your fault? If so, you may be eligible to claim whiplash compensation. This is intended to help you pay for medical fees and rehabilitation costs, and to compensate you for any pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of your whiplash injury.
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What Exactly Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is subject to a lot of rumour and misinformation, so establishing a sensible definition is important.
Whiplash is defined as an injury, primarily affecting the neck, caused by a sudden change in motion that makes the head and neck snap back and forward. This sudden change in motion stretches the tendons and ligaments of the neck, along with other soft tissues. When the tendons and ligaments are stretched too far it causes severe pain and issues with moving and holding the neck in place, causing the most common symptoms of whiplash:
These symptoms can seriously affect your ability to work, whether you are involved with manual work or office work.
Less common symptoms include:
It can be difficult to separate symptoms that originate from different causes; a road accident that has caused whiplash will often cause other injuries, as well. However, a cluster of these symptoms will usually contribute to a diagnosis of whiplash.
It is important to note that you should not attempt to diagnose your injuries using advice you read on the internet – if you suspect you have whiplash, visit a medical professional as soon as possible.
How Might Whiplash Affect Your Life?
Whiplash affects different people in different ways. The average recovery time for women over 60 suffering from whiplash is fifteen times greater than the average recovery time for young men.
Whiplash might be exacerbated by pre-existing conditions, both mental and physical and can also exacerbate those conditions. Examples of conditions that are thought to be worsened by whiplash include multiple sclerosis, arthritis, and depression.
These factors can make whiplash more challenging to live with, but without any factors whiplash is an immense problem. Whiplash can derail physical fitness programs, prevent you from working at all, become worse if you sit in an unsuitable position for long periods of time (e.g. in front of a computer in an office), and generally will make your quality of life worse.