What is Whiplash?
If the head is thrust suddenly forward, backwards or sideways, a neck injury can occur known as whiplash – the soft tissues in the neck can be sprained or stretched and this can cause pain, and if not treated, can cause ongoing issues for weeks, months or years – severely affecting a person’s activities.
Causes of Whiplash
The most commonly heard of cause a vehicle collision or other road traffic accident. Other causes, which may also give rise to a case for compensation could be;
- An unexpected blow to the head – for example, during contact sports;
- A fall or slip where the head is jolted backwards or forwards with force, perhaps from an uneven pavement;
- A blow to the head by a heavy or solid object, perhaps from a building site;
When you have suffered an injury that may lead to whiplash it’s important to speak to a medical professional as soon as possible to limit the damage, and if you decide to make a claim for compensation, it is advisable to speak to a solicitor soon after the incident.
You solicitor should do the following:
- Listen to your account of the incident;
- Confirm the options they can offer with regard to a claim;
- Process your claim if you wish them too.
What is the Compensation For?
Any money awarded is deigned to get you back to the position you were in prior to the injury. The amount can vary dependent on the severity of the whiplash, and any knock on effects that the injury may have had for you financially – such as legal fees, or time off work and loss of income.
The government’s official compensation recovery unit recorded claims (where the term whiplash was described as the injury) from 335,365 individuals in the period between 2015 and 2016.