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Whiplash Injury Compensation Claims

The basics of whiplash injury

One of the injuries most commonly suffered in a motorbike accident is whiplash injury. The cause of the injury is the sudden jolting forward and backward, or sideways, of the head. The sudden movement experienced in a road traffic accident causes the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the neck to overstretch.

The affects of whiplash are not immediate. Pain and stiffness develops in the first 24 hours following the accident, and the average recovery time for minor whiplash (acute whiplash) is 32 days. More severe sprains to the neck, or other symptoms of a severe whiplash injury (chronic whiplash), may lengthen the recovery time to months or even years.

How whiplash injury occurs on the road

On the road, whiplash often occurs when a bike is hit from behind. Whiplash can sometimes occur from an impact to the side, but this is less common. The affects of whiplash injury can be reduced by bracing for the impact, but on a bicycle or a motorbike this can be difficult.

Whiplash injury can often occur even in accidents at low speeds. At higher speeds, whiplash can sometimes occur after a violent impact to the head after a fall.

Symptoms of whiplash injury

The primary symptom of whiplash injury is a strong pain and stiffness in the neck. The muscles in the neck may swell and be tender to touch. Whiplash symptoms can radiate from the neck and affect the shoulders and arms. In some cases whiplash pain can also spread to the lower back, but this is rare.

Secondary symptoms of acute whiplash include a short period of headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, and problems with swallowing.

In cases of chronic whiplash, more serious symptoms can occur. These symptoms include an extended period of persistent headaches, dizziness, fatigue, or problems with vision or hearing. Emotional and behavioural symptoms can include anxiety, depression, or sleep disturbance. A condition called fibromyalgia, which causes pain in many joints across the body, can develop following a chronic whiplash injury. Fibromyalgia can sometimes form a long-term disability, but these cases are extremely rare.

Whiplash treatment and recovery

Most cases of acute whiplash will get better with only basic treatment. Staying active and continuing your regular lifestyle can ease muscle stiffness and aid recovery. Active treatments such as regular neck exercises or physiotherapy are also recommended. If you require physiotherapy, our solicitors can usually arrange treatment at no cost to you.

For cases of chronic whiplash, a treatment plan should be arranged with your GP. This may include active treatments such as exercises and physiotherapy, but may also include prescribed medication.

Making a claim for compensation

If you have suffered a whiplash injury as a result of a motorbike or cycling accident, it is vital that you seek advice from specialist solicitors with experience of working with these injuries. Whether you have suffered an acute or chronic whiplash injury, we will ensure you receive the right amount of compensation for your injuries.

If you are unfortunate enough to not make a quick recovery, we will provide advice and support as we work on your claim. As your health is the absolute priority following an accident, our solicitors will attempt to recover the costs of medical treatment if liability has been admitted by the person or organisation you are claiming against.

If you are considering making a claim for compensation, speak to one of our specialist cycling and motorcycle accident solicitors who will advise you on making a claim. Our support is focused on giving sensible and practical advice in plain English. Your initial consultation will include advice on:

  • How to claim compensation for your enquiry.
  • Claiming for physiotherapy or other treatment. This can usually be arranged easily.
  • Recovering your financial losses as a result from your accident. This includes loss of earnings from being unable to work, insurance policy excess, travelling expenses, and any other income you have lost as a direct result of your accident.
  • Claiming for repair and replacement costs for your bicycle or motorcycle.

We provide practical and sensible advice  and make the process of pursuing a compensation claim as straightforward and stress-free as possible. Prolegal Solicitors is accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Solicitors, and we specialise in injury claims.

Contact us now for advice and assistance with your compensation claim.

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