Whiplash is a type of neck injury caused by a sudden, unrestrained, movement of the head forwards, backwards or sideways. It occurs when the soft tissues in the neck become damaged or stretched.
Commonly whiplash generally results from a traumatic event such as a motor vehicle accident. Other causes may include bungy jumping, roller coasters or sports related injuries.
Common symptoms of whiplash include:
In more severe cases of whiplash, symptoms may include:
It is a relatively common injury but is typically not life threatening. However it can lead to a prolonged period of partial disability.
Most people involved in minor road traffic accidents recover quickly without any severe symptoms however some came experience symptoms for years following the injury.
In light of the wide variation in symptoms, there are suggestions that the symptoms are created for economic gain. Unfortunately whilst there will always be people willing to attempt to mislead the system for personal gain, whiplash is a real condition with genuine symptoms.
Whiplash can be treated as follows:
As the symptoms and severity of whiplash injury can vary from person to person depending on the type of accident, the good news is that research shows the large majority of sufferers recovery within a few days to a few months with active treatment.
This blog is not intended to provide any medical advice and if you are suffering from symptoms you should always seek medical attention.
If you have been in a car accident and have sustained a whiplash injury, contact Nayyars Solicitors on 0161 491 8520 to discuss making a claim for personal injury.
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