Why whiplash sufferers should be examined by medical practitioners

The term ‘whiplash’ refers to a range of conditions brought on by sudden distortion to the neck, usually in car accidents where a passenger or driver has been injured by a car impacting to the rear of the vehicle.

Some people neglect to see a doctor about their whiplash, which is very inadvisable. If your neck is sprained after an accident, it is imperative that you see a healthcare provider about it. Hopefully, you won’t have to get medical solicitors involved.

This article goes over the reasons as to why you should see a medical practitioner if you suffer from whiplash.

How to tell you have whiplash

If you were in a vehicle that was impacted from the rear and you’re neck isn’t feeling quite right, you probably have whiplash to some degree. You may not even realise you have it, as the symptoms sometimes take up to 12 hours to develop.

They include neck pain and stiffness, tender neck muscles, painful neck movements and headaches. The pain will often worsen over the next few days after it has appeared.

Why whiplash is serious

Quite often, people disregard the serious nature of whiplash and do not go in for treatment after their accident. This is a grave error, as it can lead to some serious complications.

In some cases, the pain can last up to six months, or even longer. This is known as ‘chronic whiplash’. The pain will heavily restrict your activities at work and at home, and may even lead to anxiety and depression. According to some studies, up to 10% of whiplash victims become ‘totally disabled’.

Whiplash Claims

If you intend on filing a personal injury claim for a whiplash injury, having a thorough medical examination is of the utmost importance. This is important, as you will have to present medical evidence during your case, if you hope to try and claim compensation for your injury.

You will also have to take photographs and obtain witness statements at the site of the accident, so everything is documented right from the start. Depending on where you received the injury, you must also report it to the nearest authorities. So, if the accident happened at work, notify your employer immediately.

You must document everything in a timely manner, too. If you’ve submitted a claim too late after the accident happened, your claim will probably not be successful.