Whiplash – what actually is it?
UK Claim Lawyers
Think of injury claims and you might imagine someone in a neck brace. Why? Because one of the most common injuries from road accidents is whiplash; the neck injury that often requires the victim to wear a neck brace.
But what actually is whiplash? Whiplash is in fact a term that covers a number of specific injuries to the neck which are caused by a sudden extension. This is why it’s a common injury to be sustained from a road accident – the jolt of a rear, front or side collision will cause a very sudden movement in the neck muscles and ligaments. This movement stretches the ligaments (the joints between the bones) and the tendons (the joints between the muscles and bones) and can leave them sprained and sore. Sufferers will experience pain when moving their neck, and stiffness and muscle spasms can last for a considerable time.
Whiplash may take a couple of hours or even a day to develop, so if you have been involved in a car crash or an accident but don’t notice anything straight away, you may still be at risk of developing whiplash symptoms. In fact, the majority of sufferers only develop pain the day after an accident.
So what should you do if you suspect you have whiplash as a result of a car collision? Firstly you must seek the attention of a medical professional who will be able to tell you if you have suffered whiplash. They can check if there is any damage to the bones or spine and make sure you are not suffering from concussion. If whiplash is diagnose, you may then be advised to wear a neck brace for support, but it is not always essential as you will usually be told to keep your neck active and moving to stop it seizing up. Also, be careful not to wear a neck brace for too long as they can actually cause the muscles in your neck to weaken.
If you are suffering from swelling and pain in your neck you can apply ice every three to four hours to help reduce any inflammation. You can also take painkillers such as paracetemol and ibuprofen but always double check what medication you can take with your doctor.
Finally, if your whiplash was the result of someone else’s recklessness you can claim road accident compensation which will hopefully help to ease the pain somewhat too. To enquire about car accident compensation contact UK Claim Lawyers, the expert personal injury solicitors based across the UK.