Making A Claim For Whiplash Injuries After An Accident.

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If you’ve had the misfortune to be involved in a road traffic accident, then the injuries which you’ve suffered can vary widely. At one end of the spectrum there are minor cuts, bruises and other knocks which will still leave you able to walk away from the accident in question shaken but basically unharmed. If the accident is more serious in nature, however, then the injuries sustained could be severe enough to cause on-going disability, amputation or even, in the very worst cases, fatality. Circumstances aside, there is one type of injury which is more prevalent than most, and that is whiplash. According to some estimates, as many as 20% of the people involved in car accidents end up suffering from whiplash.

Whiplash is a condition which centres upon the soft tissue of the neck and tends to be found when the head and neck have been jerked rapidly back and forth. Where car crashes are concerned, this can be the result of an impact from behind, or of having to break particularly sharply to avoid a collision. The jerking this kind of action creates stretches and twists the nerves, muscles and tissues of the neck in a way which leads to painful damage.

Of course, it’s not just via road traffic accidents that whiplash can be incurred. Anything which involves a sharp, sudden impact to the head, such as an assault, can lead to the requisite damage, as can certain repetitive sporting or workplace actions, or even incidents taking place on fairground rides.

Anyone who has ever suffered from whiplash will be able to tell you just how serious it can be, but over recent years it has come to be seen as something which is easily faked and thus often used as the basis for frivolous compensation claims. This is an unfortunate state of affairs, since genuine cases of whiplash can be deeply distressing and highly debilitating, and anyone suffering the unpleasant symptoms should feel able to make a reasonable claim for compensation. The common symptoms of whiplash can include any or all of the following:

Tingling running up and down the arms.
Headaches.
Temporary loss of memory.
Tinnitus.
Dizziness.
Feelings of nausea.
Muscles going into spasm.
Stiffness.

Even a cursory glance at this list will underline the fact that whiplash is a serious condition which can have a major effect upon the victims life. It must also be remembered that whiplash doesn’t always make itself apparent in the immediate aftermath of the incident which caused it. The onset of symptoms can sometimes be delayed for several hours or even days, and this is another good reason why anyone involved in an incident such as a road traffic accident must seek medical attention at the earliest opportunity.

The term ‘whiplash’, then, can be used to cover a very broad spectrum of conditions – for some it is merely a short lived minor discomfort, whereas more serious cases can be akin to a long term, on-going disability. The pain, combined with the limitations placed upon the sufferers social and working life can, in themselves, be a source of further stress and depression. All of these factors can bring about a situation whereby the individual in question has their earning potential either reduced or halted altogether, and the reality of living with pain on a daily basis can have a major impact on the overall quality of life.

It’s only fair then, that anyone who has suffered whiplash following an incident which was not their fault, should be able to make a claim for compensation on a no win no fee basis. Not only will any money received make up for any earnings lost, but it will also enable the victim to feel that natural justice has been served in a way which will make it easier for them to get on with the rest of their life.

By carefully detailing the circumstances of your accident, and of the effect it has had, you will be able to approach a reputable firm of solicitors with a view to building a compelling case and being rewarded the compensation you deserve.

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