What are the symptoms of whiplash?

There has been a tendency, in recent years, to write whiplash off as a fairly trivial condition, one which is often exaggerated in order to make a claim for compensation. The truth of the matter, however, is that whiplash can actually be a serious and debilitating condition and that a reputable firm of personal injury solicitors will be able to make a claim for compensation based on its’ long term effects.

Whiplash is often caused by car accidents which involve a shunt from behind, or indeed by any incident which brings about a sudden jerking back and forth of the head. It is this movement which damages the soft tissue of the neck and shoulders and brings about a wide range of symptoms.

One of the most important things to grasp about whiplash is that the symptoms themselves may not actually begin to emerge until sometime after the event. As outlined by the NHS website, it can be up to 12 hours, or perhaps even longer, before a victim of whiplash begins to become aware of what’s happened.

Whilst, in many cases of whiplash, it can be a condition which the body itself alleviates over a fairly short period, it can be much more serious, lasting for longer than six months and becoming more severe as the time passes. If you feel you may have succumbed to whiplash then the symptoms to look out for are as follows:

  • Headache.
  • Painful and stiff neck.
  • Reduced mobility in the neck.
  • Tender neck muscles.

Whilst these are the more obvious symptoms, there are others which are often experienced, and these can include:

  • Blurred vision.
  • Lethargy.
  • Pain in lower back.
  • Pins and needles or numbness in hands and arms.
  • Vertigo or dizziness.

Indeed, over the longer term, whiplash can sometimes cause psychological problems such as depression or poor concentration. If you think you’re suffering from whiplash following an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, then you have every right to make a claim for compensation.


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