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Neck injury

What Causes Whiplash?

Whiplash is a muscular injury synonymous with road traffic accidents, most common following an impact from behind. It is an injury to the neck caused by the head suddenly moving backwards and then forwards. This movement damages the tendons and ligaments in the neck because they become strained.

Whiplash injuries are not just caused by road traffic accidents, they can be caused by anything that “whips” the head suddenly, such as a fall or an impact whilst playing a contact sport.

Symptoms of Whiplash

The first symptoms of whiplash are pain and stiffness in the neck, whilst headaches and pain in the shoulder are also not uncommon. In very severe cases there could also be damage to the spine. The prognosis for whiplash is that it can take anything from a couple of weeks to a few years to recover from depending upon how badly damaged the ligaments and the tendons in the neck are.

Whiplash can be diagnosed through some basic tests by your GP or via an x-ray. In most cases, the symptoms of whiplash will ease themselves without any specific treatment however painkillers and keeping the neck moving are likely to be the best self help and short term treatments.


The amount of compensation you can receive will depend on the severity of the accident. In most cases you will be able to claim compensation for the actual pain and suffering. In addition, you can also receive compensation to take into account medical bills and loss of income if you are unable to return to work.

Possible Levels of Compensation for a Whiplash Injury

Whiplash which appears to have resolved within 1 year – up to £3,500.

Whiplash which has improved, but which still causes intermittent pain after 2 years – up to £8,000.

Whiplash which is diagnosed as a long term and severe condition impacting the claimant – up to £20,0000.

To find out whether a no win no fee claim is likely, contact us as soon as possible and at least within the first three years of the accident as after this time it may be too late to bring a claim (except in the case of a child who can make a claim within three years of their 18th birthday).


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