WHIPLASH INJURY - ACCIDENT COMPENSATION CLAIM SOLICITORS
Few topics in medicine cause as much controversy as whiplash injury with a common failure by professionals to agree on diagnosis or treatment especially in chronic cases. Traditional treatment often fails to completely relieve the symptoms of this type of cervical spine problem which is most often sustained after motor vehicle accidents. This description was first used in 1928 to define an injury mechanism of sudden hyperextension followed by hyper flexion of the neck. These injuries are usually caused by low-velocity rear-end collisions however side or frontal impact can also cause a similar severe condition. About a quarter of all those suffering from this condition are unable to return to full activity for 6 months after the injury and about 10% of those injured may have permanent disability.
Whiplash Injury Symptoms
The most common symptom of whiplash injury is neck pain which can radiate across the shoulders to the back and arm and in most cases the victim also suffers from headaches. There are a large number of other less serious but never the less disturbing symptoms of whiplash injury that may be present including dizziness, vertigo, visual and auditory disturbances. In the past it was not possible, except in very serious cases to obtain visual indication of the extent of the damage however the new imaging techniques of CAT scans and magnetic resonance imaging will now reveal the extent of any damage.
Traditionally treatment has been conservative consisting of painkillers, anti-inflammatory medications, and muscle relaxants with brief immobilisation of the neck in a soft cervical collar prior to a gentle return to normal activities. Early mobilisation of the neck has been found to be particularly beneficial. Some patients may benefit from chiropractic manipulation, subcutaneous trigger-point injections, cervical-facet injections and low-energy, high-frequency pulsed electromagnetic therapy.
Compensation awarded in these cases depends on the severity of the whiplash injury, the recovery period and the presence of any long term symptoms that may not resolve and could be described as chronic. Anyone suffering from these problems for more than two years is unlikely to make a full recovery and will probably have residual symptoms to a greater or lesser degree forever. Permanent ongoing neck and back pain is a recurring feature of chronic illness and compensation can be substantial. Our solicitors represent the injured victims of negligent drivers in whiplash injury claims on a no win no fee basis. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client.