Whiplash: It's not just about road accidents
- AuthorKate Sweeney
Whiplash is an injury most commonly associated with road traffic accidents, and it is indeed one of the most prevalent issues for which accident victims pursue an injury claim.
However, whiplash isn’t just limited to road traffic accidents; there are many other causes. Any action which involves the head and neck being forcefully jolted backwards and forwards, or from side to side, can result in whiplash.
Pain and stiffness in the back, neck and shoulders; dizziness; pins and needles in hands and arms; nausea; headache and restricted movement are all symptoms of whiplash.
Claims can normally be made no matter what the cause, providing the accident happened through no fault of your own.
It is not unheard of for people to make claims for whiplash after having slipped on ice or spilled liquid, for example. Fairground rides are another cause of this injury; although it would have to be proved that the ride operator was negligent.
Whiplash is a common occurrence on public transport; a bus pulling up quickly or a train performing an emergency stop, for example, can result in this condition.
Whiplash injury claims
Depending on the seriousness of the injury, and the prognosis for recovery, compensation levels can vary from £750 to £14,500. If your whiplash was caused by third party negligence, then you should take advice on making a claim.
At Stephensons, our personal injury claims lawyers have vast experience in pursuing claims for whiplash, no matter what the circumstances surrounding the accident. Give us a call on 0844 245 6601 to discuss your case.
By personal injury solicitor, Kate Sweeney