Personal Injury Whiplash is when there has been an injury to the neck caused by or associated with a sudden twist of the neck linked with the extension of it. It is usually connected to road traffic accidents, generally when a car is hit from behind. But whiplash can also be caused by other accidents, such as falling, bike or horse accidents. It is one of the main personal injuries covered by car insurance companies as it is extremely common in car accidents where there has been an impact.
The easiest way of seeing that you have suffered from personal injury whiplash is to notice whether you have a pain or an aching in your neck and back, referred pain to the shoulders, sensory disturbance to your arms and legs and sometimes you suffer from headaches. These symptoms can appear almost straightaway after the accident has occurred or commonly, they are not felt until a few days after the injury was sustained. Whiplash is usually just trauma to the spinal cord which means that it can potentially be very dangerous if suitable precautions are not taken to minimise any further trauma. A way that personal injury whiplash is diagnosed is through a medical practitioner looking through a patients history, examining their head and neck, undertaking x-rays to make sure there is no bone fractures especially to the spinal cord and also looking at medical imaging to see if there are other injuries associated to the accident which has caused the ailment.
If you feel you may have had or know that you have suffered from personal injury whiplash and it is some one else’s fault, you are entitled to make a personal injury claim.
Please contact us if you feel you have a claim and we can help you from there.