Whiplash – we have all heard about it; but what is it? Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that people get when they have been involved in a road traffic accident. Here at Whiplash Claims we know a lot about whiplash as we are expert personal injury solicitors. What a lot of people do not realise is that the symptoms of whiplash can be delayed, and even though at the time of the accident you might feel OK, you may develop your injuries a few hours, or even a few days after the accident.
Some people think that they might not have a whiplash claim, but this is where they are completely wrong! What people do not also realise is that you do have a claim for personal injury compensation if the accident was not your fault, and with the right personal injury solicitor (like us here at Whiplash Claims) you can get the maximum amount of compensation that you deserve. ALL 100% of it!
When you have been involved in a road traffic accident there sometimes is no obvious immediate pain. Though in some of the more severe cases there may be initial stiffness of the neck, back or shoulder area. Initially, everyday functioning may not be impaired; you may continue with daily activities as normal but may feel some stiffness. Usually it is not until the following evening that you will be more uncomfortable, possibly experiencing a significant amount of pain and stiffness.
Whiplash commonly results in the stretching of the ligaments, which holds the joints together and stretches the muscles. The affected tissues may be torn in a severe injury but most commonly the injury is mild or moderate, with serious damage being uncommon. The stretching of the tissues leads to bleeding and an acute soft tissue inflammatory reaction. The inflammatory response takes time to appear as it similar to the tissues’ reaction to an infection. For example, when developing a common cold the symptoms tend to evolve rather than happen straight away because it takes time for the inflammatory response to occur.
So whiplash therefore takes time to produce symptoms in the majority of cases. A typical case of a whiplash injury may take up to a few days to appear and may be initially masked by any other painkilling medication taken to treat other injuries. It is not uncommon therefore for you to start to complain about stiffness and discomfort up to a week later. Some of the symptoms you may experience include:
- Pain and stiffness
- Neck swelling
- Tenderness along the back of the neck
- Reduced movement or loss of movement
- Lower back pain
- Pain, numbness or pins and needles in the arms and hands
- Muscle spasms
- Difficulty swallowing
- Blurred vision
If you have experienced any of these symptoms after a road traffic accident that was not your fault, do not suffer in silence and get the whiplash compensation that you deserve. Whiplash Claims work harder for you to ensure that you get the maximum amount of compensation. Call us on 0800 634 75 75 for some free, friendly legal advice.