Whiplash injuries can come about as the result of even a seemingly relatively minor accident, and the symptoms of the condition, which affects the neck and spine, can be painful and long-lasting, taking some time to fully heal.
Whiplash injuries primarily occur when the neck is suddenly distorted, usually following being hit in the rear by another car. Although a seatbelt will save your life in such a situation, the sudden unavoidable jerking movement experienced shortly after impact can often result in a neck injury: something a seatbelt cannot prevent.
The Québec Task Force (QTF) created grades in order to classify the severity of various whiplash-associated disorders, these being:
- Grade 0: No pain or stiffness in the neck, as well as no physical signs
- Grade 1: Still no physical signs but the neck is stiff, painful or otherwise tender (and a health professional has confirmed this)
- Grade 2: Symptoms are similar to those as mentioned in Grade 1 but a doctor has detected actual physical restrictions in neck mobility, this resulting in neck tenderness/pain
- Grade 3: Symptoms include significant neurological issues such as a decrease in deep tendon reflexes, weakness and sensory deficits or interference
- Grade 4: This grade encompasses the most serious kinds of whiplash injuries, including fractures, dislocations and/or spinal cord injuries
When and how do you claim for a whiplash injury?
As with any accident that occurs through no fault of your own, your whiplash injury could result in you being awarded a settlement by the insurers of those responsible. Whiplash injuries can be incredibly painful and debilitating, and as such it is entirely justified that you would want to seek some form of compensation for any symptoms you are forced to suffer as a result of someone else’s recklessness on the road (or indeed anywhere else, for that matter).
The best way to begin a whiplash injury claim is to speak to a personal injury expert as soon as possible. They will talk to you and get to know the specifics of your particular accident. From this, they will then be able to tell you whether you have a claim worth pursuing and then walk you through the process of claiming step by step if needs be. Rest assured, however, that they will make sure you get the justice you deserve.
As with a number of other kinds of personal injury claim, time is of the essence when it comes to whiplash injuries. However, symptoms may not initially be apparent, so it is important seek medical attention as soon as possible should you start experiencing any of the symptoms of whiplash even if it’s some time after the accident happened.
The treatment of whiplash
Though in most cases all it takes is a simple trip to your local doctor in order to diagnose a whiplash injury, the recovery process can be a much more lengthy – and costly – affair. Often more severe whiplash injuries require you to take time off work in order to recuperate (thus resulting in a potential loss of earnings), while even lesser ones may requires many sessions of physiotherapy. Further expensive medical treatment may be required for months or even years after the accident. The latter is probably the most important reason you should seek compensation: if you suffer a whiplash injury through no fault of your own, you shouldn’t have to suffer financially in order to get the time and treatment you need to get better.
With expert legal advice just a phone call away, it’s incredibly easy to find out whether your whiplash case has sufficient grounds for you to make a claim. Our legal professionals have an excellent knowledge of the claiming process, and will ensure that you are well looked after throughout. Securing a whiplash injury settlement is the best way to ensure that you provided for during your recovery period and, perhaps most importantly of all, that justice is served.