Wolf Law Solicitors are your first choice personal injury whiplash compensation solicitor.
Whiplash is a common injury that occurs to a person's neck following a road traffic accident. It is caused by a sudden acceleration-deceleration (flexion and extension) force that causes unrestrained, rapid forward and backward movement of the head and neck. There are many symptoms of whiplash but the most common is muscular stiffness in the neck, upper back and shoulders.
Wolf Law Personal Injury Solicitors are specialists in whiplash personal injury claims. Contact Wolf Law for a free initial assessment of your symptoms, an estimation to compensation and advice on your claim. Call 0151-317-3031 or sending us a message through our contact form.
Whiplash is most commonly caused by a car accident in which the person is in a car that is stationary, and is struck by another vehicle. Research into Whiplash indicates the rear impact causes the head and neck to be forced into a backwards (hyperextended) position as the seat pushes the person's body forwards, their head being unrestrained, forces their head and neck to fall backwards. After a short delay (i.e. when the seatbelt snaps) the head and neck then recover and are thrown into a forward (hyperflexed) position.
This forwards and backwards motion forces an abnormal "S-shape" in the cervical spine and causes damage to the soft tissues (ie. ligaments and muscles) that hold the cervical vertebrae in place.
Whiplash is not a life threatening injury, but it can lead to prolonged periods of disability or discomfort. Symptoms are usually fairly minor but in serious cases can be chronic. Typical symptoms include:-
If the symptoms are severe you may experience sleep disturbance (insomnia), depression, anger, frustration, anxiety, and stress.
If you are displaying any symptoms following an accident you should contact a medical practitioner immediately.
Whiplash is diagnosed by a doctor at a General Practitioners or Hospital A+E. Because the injury is muscular it is very difficult to diagnose using X-Rays or MRI Scans. Normally a doctor will examine the range of movement of your arms and shoulders without expressing pain. Depending upon where you feel pain will indicate which muscles have been injured.
If you are claiming compensation for a whiplash injury you will be asked to attend an appointment with an impartial General Practitioner. The doctor will examine you and ask questions about the circumstances of the accident. Based on their experience they will write a report with a prognosis to how long they think the symptoms will last. Many factors are taken into account i.e. your sex, age, physical fitness and any previous medical related conditions. The report will help your solicitor value your claim.
At Wolf Law Personal Injury Soliciotrs we consider early intervention for injuries is vital to speed your recovery. On claiming with us we will arange a telephone triage by one of our experienced rehabilitation providers. They will ask you a few questions about your symptoms and make recommendations whether sessions of physiotherapy would be of benefit. They also provide a comprehensive home exercise programme (HEP) if you have mobility problems or have restricted access due to work or lifestyle commitments and would prefer to undertake the exercises from the comfort of your own home.
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Experienced physiotherapists are best placed to provide on-going treatment for Whiplash. However, we have found that regular movement of the shoulder or neck so as not to "seize-up" is of benefit. Before undertaking any exercise programme or treatment speak to one of our experts.
No. The term "whiplash" was first used in 1928. A similar condition called "railway spine" was used to describe injuries similar to Whiplash for persons involved in train accidents prior to 1928. In the UK since the compulsory regulation of seat belts in cars Whiplash conditions have been more common after road traffic accidents. Reference: www.medicinenet.com.
Depending on the severity of your injuries you could be entitled to compensation in the region £1,500 to £7,500. For more information visit our Online Calculator or call 0151-317-3031 or by sending us a message through our contact form.
Simon, Gloucester was stationary at a roundabout in his van. The vehicle behind collided at a low speed which was deemed a low velocity impact. He was looking to the right at the time at oncoming traffic and was not expecting the rear end shunt. He suffered mild muscular injuries to his neck which recovered after a course of physiotherapy.
Jonny, Chester pulled out from a junction turning right. He hadn't noticed the oncoming car behind other vehicles turning left to where he had come. His passenger, Angie suffered muscular injuries to her neck and shoulder when the two cars collided. She was able to claim even though she was a passenger in the at fault vehicle.
The financial losses and emotional hardships that one faces during a personal injury claim will test you at every turn. Ease your fears in knowing that you can trust Wolf Law Solicitors when litigating your case.
The first step toward pursuing compensation begins with an inquiry by phone or email to a Wirral personal injury solicitor at our firm. No question is too big or unreasonable to answer under our guidance and counsel.
We extend the invitation for you to contact us about the negligent injuries you sustained. You can request a free initial assessment by calling 0151-317-3031 or sending us a message through our contact form.