Whiplash injuries typically appear sometime after the accident, leading many medical experts to advise patients to wait for signs of whiplash before looking into whiplash claims. Whiplash injuries are typically caused by a sudden acceleration of the neck and head, which is common in road traffic accidents though not guaranteed after a crash.
There are many theories surrounding how the name “whiplash” came about, with some theorising that it’s due to the injury being caused by high-speed flexing of the neck, akin to a whip cracking. In medical terms, whiplash is a neck injury caused by forceful, rapid acceleration and deceleration that often leads to pain and stiffness in the head and neck for weeks or months.
Common Causes of Whiplash
The most common cause for whiplash is car accidents, especially cases involving rear-end collisions, though other activities like bungee jumping, water surfing, or boxing can cause whiplash. The brain is one of the most sensitive parts of the body and is affected by any sudden movement, especially high-speed movements such as those caused in car accidents. If you are suffering from whiplash, Claims Specialists can help you claim compensation and get medical attention.
Symptoms of Whiplash
The symptoms of whiplash can take between 12 hours to several days to occur, so you might require a follow-up medical evaluation to diagnose whiplash. When you apply for a whiplash claim, you are required to show the exact details of your injuries to prove damages, such as a professional diagnosis of whiplash. If you think you might have whiplash, look out for the common symptoms which include:
Treatment of whiplash depends on the severity of the injury, but physiotherapy and massage prescriptions are common. If your prescribed treatment is especially difficult or lengthy, this may help you to receive a higher settlement in your whiplash claim.