How Whiplash Injuries Can Affect People’s Lives

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LPC & GDL Matthew Shiels
Legally reviewed by: LPC & GDL Matthew Shiels In: Personal Injury

Whiplash Injuries can Seriously Impact People’s Lives

Whiplash injuries are commonly experienced by people who have been in a car accident.

Because it’s so common, many people don’t understand quite how serious whiplash injuries can be.

Not only can whiplash be very painful, but it can also affect how people live their lives, their ability to work, and their mental state.

Whiplash injuries can sometimes go away by themselves, but on occasion these type of injuries can lead to a more serious, long-term condition developing.

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If you have suffered from a whiplash injury after an accident, we can help you claim compensation.

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What Is Whiplash?

Whiplash is the name for a type of neck injury caused by a sudden movement of a person’s head forwards, backwards or sideways.

It’s a type of sprain, with which the soft tissues in the neck are stretched and damaged.

Whiplash injuries are often caused by sudden braking or impact in car crashes or abrupt blows to the head.

If you have been in a car accident and you are suffering from the below symptoms you likely have a whiplash injury.

Whiplash Injury Compensation Claims

Unfortunately, claims for whiplash injuries are often perceived as a way of getting easy money.

This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Compensation awarded to people who claim for whiplash is always carefully calculated, taking into account the damage the injury has had on them.

This damage includes physical pain and suffering, emotional distress and/or financial problems.

Whiplash can affect people a lot more than many think – it’s not always just a day or two of slight pain.

If you’ve suffered from a whiplash injury and it has had a negative affect on your life, you shouldn’t let the stigma surrounding whiplash claims put you off contacting a solicitor.

Nothing can ever take back the physical pain you suffer, but compensation can help you getting your life back to normal.

Our solicitors are here for you throughout the process.
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What are the Symptoms of a Whiplash Injury?

So, how do you know if you have whiplash? Well, if you’re suffering from whiplash, you might experience one or some of the following:

  • A stiff neck
  • Difficulty moving your head
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Muscles spasms
  • Shoulder and/or arm pain

You might also experience symptoms like pins and needles in your arms and hands, dizziness, memory loss, and feeling lethargic, distracted or irritable.

These are less common, but can go hand in hand with the above symptoms. These symptoms can have a serious impact on your day to day life, which is why we can help you claim compensation for whiplash.

How Can Whiplash Affect Your Day-to-Day Life?

If you’re lucky, whiplash can resolve itself fairly quickly.

However, for some people whiplash is serious, and can have a real impact on their lives.

In really bad cases you could be suffering for over a year.

The pain of whiplash injuries can be distracting and make it difficult to carry out everyday tasks.

It can make leisure time more like hard work, and may even have a negative impact on your work life.

Whiplash can sometimes lead to the development of anxiety or depression because of its lasting impact on a person’s life.

We are here to help with your whiplash compensation claim, so you can focus on your healing process.

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Financial Effects of Whiplash

Whiplash injuries can have an impact on your family’s life too.

Of course, they’re going to be affected by seeing you in pain, but if you have to take time off work or can’t drive the kids to school, it might cause financial pressure too.

If your whiplash injury is severe it might be necessary for you to fork out for things to help ease your pain.

You might have to purchase a special pillow to sleep on, or a specific type of back rest for your chair at work.

You may have to pay for physiotherapy if your symptoms persist for several weeks, and could have to purchase prescription pain medication.

All of these things cost money which you wouldn’t have to spend had you not suffered a whiplash injury.

Our whiplash injury solicitors can help you claim compensation for whiplash injuries. This can help towards making up for any financial losses you have suffered due to your injury.
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What Can be Done about Whiplash Injuries?

It’s important to know how to treat injuries properly so as not to worsen it.

You should try and keep your neck moving and continue with your usual activities as much as you can.

You can also take over-the-counter medication like paracetamol or ibuprofen to soothe the pain to begin with.

If your whiplash was caused in an accident in which you weren’t at fault you might be eligible to claim compensation.

Obviously, this won’t take away your pain and suffering, but whiplash compensation can contribute towards any expenses you have had to pay out as a result of your injury.

This can help to ease the financial burden and will likely make you feel a little more relieved.

Can I Claim Compensation for a Whiplash Injury?

If you or any of your family have suffered serious whiplash injuries as a result of an accident, our team can help you.

We understand that whiplash can have a big impact on your life, and want to help you be able to move forward with your life without any financial burdens weighing you down.

Get in touch with us today using the contact form or by calling us on 0800 999 2220.

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