Whiplash Compensation Claim

Have you been in a car crash that was not your fault and suffered whiplash? Faith King Solicitors can help you claim whiplash compensation.

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Claiming whiplash compensation

Whiplash can be caused by any rapid forwards or backwards "jerking" movement to the head and neck. The ligaments in the neck are stretched and torn by this sudden movement, resulting in damage along the spine between the top of the neck and the lower back. Whiplash injuries can be caused by any sudden movements of the head and neck such as on a roller coaster, whilst playing sports, or in car accidents, particularly those involving rear end collisions.

According to research from the UK, in some cases the symptoms of whiplash (including neck and chest pain, stiffness and reduced movement in neck and back) can persist beyond six months after the accident and permanent symptoms are possible. Whiplash is the most common injury in low velocity impacts, where one vehicle is travelling from 1 to 25 miles per hour, the most frequently occurring type of collision on urban and inner city roads where traffic is slow moving.

Further research conducted in the United States has shown that impacts at speeds as low as 3 miles per hour can give rise to significant muscular and neck-related injuries. In fact, the risk of a whiplash compensation claim type injury during a low speed collision can be greater than in a higher speed collision (above 40 miles per hour).

Injuries leading to whiplash claims

The reduced physical damage to cars in a low speed collision actually means more of the force of the collision is transferred to the occupants of the car, rather than to "crumple zones" present in the front and rear of modern cars, that are designed to absorb the energy of high speed crashes. Modern car seat design may have contributed to the increase in the numbers of motorists reporting whiplash type symptoms following a car accident. New less flexible seats designed to protect motorists from high speed impacts can cause more damage at low speeds as they absorb less of the energy of a car crash, transferring more to the victim's body.

Occupants in low speed collisions are at particular risk from the increased G-forces involved during the rapid acceleration caused by another vehicle striking their own. It is these G-forces that can lead to whiplash claim type injuries. The head and neck are the last parts of the body to move in an accident and as a result can experience G-forces many times more than the rest of the car (up to 7 or 8G, which is the same as that experienced in military jet aircraft).

The sudden "jerk" of the head and neck during low velocity collisions is when the majority of injuries will occur. The more relaxed the muscles in the neck, the greater the potential damage, tensed muscles (when the head is turned) result in much lower damage. When occupants are staring straight ahead, rear-end collisions will have an increased chance of resulting in personal injury as the force of the impact will be from directly behind the victim.

If you have been involved in a car accident where you suffered a whiplash compensation claim type injury through no fault of your own, then Faith King Solicitors could be in a position to help you make a claim for accident compensation. Call us now on 01282 410786.

How does whiplash happen?

A whiplash injury can happen any time you are subjected to sudden acceleration or deceleration, such as in a car accident. The forces on the muscles and ligaments in your neck cause your head to rapidly move backwards and forwards, with a 'snapping' motion.

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The rapid movement over-extends the ligaments (in particular the anterior longitudinal ligament) and soft tissue in the neck, stretching and tearing the soft tissue. It is the damage to the soft tissue which causes the often long lasting pain that is the major complaint of whiplash-sufferers. In many cases this soft tissue damage can actually take longer to heal than a broken bone, as it is more difficult to keep soft tissue immobile, particularly in the neck.

Crash direction and whiplash

Whiplash is a common injury reported by people who have been involved in a car accident, particularly a rear-end collision, where another car or vehicle has driven into the rear of their own vehicle. You might not think it, but the direction of force in a car accident is a factor in the likelihood that an accident victim will suffer a whiplash injury.

In a rear-end crash, more commonly known as a rear-end shunt, if you are in the vehicle that is hit, you will experience a sudden sharp acceleration. The force of this acceleration will affect your legs and torso fractions of a second before your neck and head begin to move, causing the familiar snapping motion associated with whiplash.

The mirror-image of a rear-end crash is a head on collision. In a head-on crash, the forces involved are reversed, so that instead of suddenly accelerating forwards due to the impact, a head-on crash causes a sudden deceleration of the vehicle you are in, and in some cases your vehicle might be pushed backwards. The force of the impact in a head-on crash causes your head and neck to be thrown first forwards, then backwards as they catch up with the momentum of the rest of your body.

Side-on collisions are less likely to result in a whiplash-type injury, but that does not mean such an injury is impossible. The force of the impact in a side-on crash will, like the other crashes, throw your body away from the impact and your head towards the impact, and then rapidly away from it. However, due to the directions of the force and the way the muscles and ligaments in your head and neck are arranged, you are less likely to suffer whiplash as a result of a side-on crash.

Whiplash compensation for front, rear and head-on vehicle accidents

If you have been involved in an accident and you think you might be suffering from whiplash, our advice would always be to seek immediate medical attention from your local GP or hospital. Prompt treatment will help to minimise the lasting effects of a whiplash injury, which, if left untreated, can last for months or even years.
Where you have suffered a whiplash injury in an accident that was not your fault, you might be entitled to make a whiplash claim for your injuries. The whiplash-injury lawyers here at Faith King Solicitors will be able to advise you whether you have grounds to make a compensation claim against the person or persons responsible.

Call us today on 01282 410786 to start your claim.

Whiplash related car accident injuries

When it comes to common car accident injuries, whiplash has traditionally been at the top of the list in terms of the number people who suffer it each year in motor vehicle accidents where they were not to blame.

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A whiplash injury typically affects the area around the neck, shoulders and back. However there are also a number of other road accident injuries that can affect the same area of the body, and that in some cases might be mistaken for whiplash. Some of these injuries can be much more serious than a whiplash injury.

Neck injury with similar symptoms to whiplash

A sudden, sharp impact, of the type which might cause someone a whiplash injury can in some cases cause a more serious injury. An example of this is a damaged or fractured vertebra bone in the neck.

The vertebrae are the bones of the spine, which support the head and provide protection for the spinal cord which runs though the centre of each vertebra. There are seven individual vertebrae in the neck, and the impact of an accident can be enough to cause one or more of them to become fractured.

A fractured vertebra is in an injury with potentially very serious consequences; even a minor hairline fracture might mean having to wear a neck brace for several weeks. A more serious fracture could pose a risk of damage to the spinal cord, and someone with this type of fracture might require surgery to stabilise the bones.

It is not only the individual bones in the neck that can cause an injury that might be mistaken for whiplash. Vertebrae are separated from one another by a disc of cartilage which allows the bones to move smoothly over one another. These cartilage discs can also become damaged or even dislocated by the force of a road accident.

Unlike a fracture or a whiplash injury, the dislocation (or herniation as it is sometimes known) can take place gradually in the months after an accident, becoming steadily more painful and debilitating for the person affected.

Compensation for whiplash-like injuries

Here at Faith King Solicitors our claims advisors will always advise someone suffering from neck pain after a road traffic accident to seek immediate medical attention for their injuries. Generalised neck pain can often disguise a number of potentially very serious injuries that should be properly diagnosed and treated by a medical professional.

For more information on some common neck injuries and the likely compensation figure for these injuries, go to our neck injury compensation guide here.

If you have suffered a neck injury in an accident on the road, either as a driver or a passenger in a motor vehicle or as a cyclist, contact Faith King Solicitors to find out if you can make an injury claim. Our neck injury lawyers will look at each case on its own merits, and if we decide to take your claim on, we won't ask you to pay us a penny for our services.(Subject to terms and conditions)

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Long term whiplash injuries

If you are unfortunate to suffer a whiplash-type injury in an accident that was not your fault, you might think you can at least take some comfort in the knowledge that most whiplash injuries heal within 3 or 4 months from the date of the accident.

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Unfortunately, a small number of people who suffer a whiplash-type injury find that their injuries do not resolve within 3 months and that they go on for months or even years longer.

At a rough estimate, based on studies into the effects of long term whiplash injuries, 1 year after an accident somewhere between 5 and 10% of people still experience some pain and discomfort related to their injury. Out of these people, some may go on to develop a chronic pain condition, which can have a devastating impact on their lives and their quality of life.

Diagnosing a long term whiplash injury

If you are still suffering from the symptoms of whiplash (headaches and neck pain) 3 months after an accident, you might be suffering from a long term whiplash injury. A long term whiplash injury, or as it is sometimes known, Late Whiplash Syndrome can be difficult to diagnose, but techniques including CT and MRI scans can be used to see in great detail any damaged areas in the neck.

In some cases where a person is in very severe pain, a procedure known as a discography may help to pinpoint the area causing the pain. This procedure involves an injection of anaesthetic into the joint between two of the bones in the neck. A discography can help to pinpoint the precise location of the pain, so that treatment can be focused on this area.

Treating a long term whiplash injury

Treatments for long term pain, such as a long term whiplash injury involve treating both the underlying pain and also looking at the lifestyle of the patient. This approach aims not only to treat physical symptoms, but also to help people to get on with their life. Nowadays, treatment for conditions like whiplash emphasises the importance of keeping the affected area mobile, rather than using a neck collar or brace as might have been used in 10 or 20 years ago.

The thinking behind current treatments for whiplash injuries is that by encouraging the person to move around as much as possible, and to continue with their normal daily routine ( such as going to work and driving), a faster recovery is possible. Moderate exercise of the neck joints over the course of the day, whilst avoiding more strenuous activities that might worsen the injury, is thought to encourage the body's repair mechanism. A post accident exercise programme might be put together for you by a qualified physical therapist on the recommendation of your doctor.

Claiming compensation for a long term whiplash injury

At Faith King Solicitors, every year, we deal with hundreds of cases of people who have been involved in accidents where they have suffered whiplash injuries. As well as recovering compensation for their injuries, we can help to arrange free physiotherapy treatment to all our clients if they will benefit from it to shorten the time they take to fully recover. We also help them to claim back the costs of any medical treatments that are recommended by an independent medical expert.

For more information about making a No-Win No-Fee whiplash compensation claim, call Faith King Solicitors today on 01282 410786.