How Does a Whiplash Injury Affect Someone’s Life?
Whiplash is a common injury caused in car accidents.
Because it’s so common, many people don’t understand quite how serious it can be.
Not only can it be very painful, but it can also affect how someone lives their life, their ability to work, and their mental state.
Whiplash can sometimes go away by itself, but on occasion it can lead to a more serious, long-term condition.
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 is often caused by sudden braking or impact in car crashes or abrupt blows to the head.
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 towards making reparations.
What are the Symptoms of Whiplash?
If you’re suffering from whiplash, you might experience one or some of the following:
- A stiff neck
- Difficulty moving your head
- Neck pain
- 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.
How Can it Affect Your Day-to-Day Life?
If you’re lucky, whiplash can resolve itself fairly quickly.
However, for some people it is more severe and can have a real impact on their lives.
In really bad cases you could be suffering for over a year.
The pain 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.
Financial Effects of Whiplash
Whiplash 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.
Personal injury solicitors can help you claim compensation for whiplash claims, which acts as a reparation for any financial losses you may have incurred.
What Can you Do About it?
It’s important to treat a whiplash injury 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 that you weren’t at fault for you might be eligible to claim compensation.
Obviously, this won’t take away your pain and suffering, but it 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.
Expert Personal Injury Solicitors
If you have suffered a serious whiplash injury as a result of an accident, our team can help you.
We understand that whiplash can have a big impact on your life.
Get in touch with us today using the contact form or by calling us on 0844 414 0667.
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