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Whiplash injury - Can you make a compensation claim?

Whiplash injury affects almost 200,000 people in the UK every year with approximately 20% of those involved in car accidents suffering the condition.

Our personal injury solicitors specialise in whiplash compensation cases and have an excellent claim success rate. We give free and impartial legal advice to anyone suffering from whiplash injury who may be considering making a compensation claim. Call us now on 0800 197 32 32 and speak to one of our personal injury solicitors.

What is whiplash injury?
Whiplash injury
occurs to the neck (the cervical vertebrae) and is also known as Acute Soft Tissue Neck Sprain.

When whiplash injury occurs, the soft tissues – the tendons, ligaments and muscles - which support the head and neck become stretched out of their natural range of motion and torn.

The muscles and ligaments of the neck contract in order to prevent excessive motion and protect you from further serious injury such as a neck fracture or spinal cord injury.  This is called a stretch reflex (myotatic reflex).

This can cause serious stiffness and pain to the neck, shoulders and arms.  It also instigates headaches, dizziness and a number of mood alterations. Read more about signs and symptoms of whiplash injury.

Recovery can be aided by a cold compress, prescriptive medicine and mobility exercises recommended by a specialist. Read more about treatments of whiplash injury.

The majority of whiplash injuries are minor, causing short-term discomfort without long-term effects.  However, injury to the facet joints or cervical disc may be more serious. 

Why does whiplash injury occur?
Whiplash injury is caused by the impulsive movement of the head and neck suddenly jerking in one direction and then rebounding.  Whiplash may occur if the head and neck move either forwards and then backwards or from one side to the other.  The term whiplash was introduced by Crowe in 1928 to describe this whipping motion rather than the condition itself.

This whipping movement is often involuntary and a result of a sudden impact that may be caused by a vehicle accident or whiplash playing contact sports. Rear-end car accidents cause over 97% of whiplash injuries. Read more about common causes of whiplash.

Conditions associated with whiplash injury
The soft tissue injury to the neck that we know as whiplash can lead to other medical symptoms and conditions.

Chronic Whiplash Syndrome is a long-term whiplash injury whereas conditions such as Infant Whiplash-Shake Injury Syndrome are similar to whiplash injury with the exception of being non- accidental.

Chronic Whiplash Syndrome
This is the presence of headaches, pain, limited movement, tingling in the arms, fatigue, sleep disturbances or reduced libido for more than six months after a whiplash injury occurs. It is difficult to treat and can be ongoing for years and even result in permanent discomfort. Read more about diagnosis and prognosis of whiplash injury.

Infant Whiplash-Shake Injury Syndrome
A trauma suffered by small children as the result of deliberate abuse, also known as Shaken-Baby Syndrome. Infants may suffer neurological impairment, seizures, haemorrhages and contusions of the high cervical cord which all contribute to fatality.

For support for Whiplash-Associated Disorders visit the Whiplash Injury Support and Help group (WISH) here.

Making a whiplash injury claim today
If you are suffering from a Whiplash-Associated Disorder through no fault of your own then you may be entitled to make a no win, no fee compensation claim.

As personal injury specialists, we have an excellent success rate with whiplash injury cases and are at hand to provide you with free legal advice and lead you through each stage of the claim process with the aim of attaining maximum compensation for your injury.

To start your claim or to find out more about whiplash injury compensation just fill out one of our online claim forms or call 0800 197 32 32 today.

More information
Read more about whiplash injury incidence rates.