Tips to help recovery from whiplash injuries

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Anyone who has been injured as a result of a road traffic accident, or in any other incident that has left them suffering from a whiplash related injury, will know just how painful and distressing a condition it can be.

Whiplash is a term used to describe injuries caused to the upper spine and neck and is a muscular skeletal condition that can quite literally be a pain in the neck.  People who make a claim for whiplash compensation often report symptoms that include headaches, loss of mobility in the neck and shoulder, pins and needles in the arms and hands, numbness and difficulty sleeping.

At Direct2Compensation we have expertise in handling and assessing claims for whiplash injury compensation.  Most whiplash related injuries are caused in road traffic accidents.  However, whiplash can also be caused by slips on wet floors or tripping accidents.  Indeed, any heavy impact that causes the muscles and ligaments of the upper spine and neck to be violently jolted from side to side, or back and forwards, is likely to cause a whiplash related injury.

Prognosis

Anyone who has suffered a whiplash injury and wishes to make a claim for compensation will need to have medical evidence to support their claim.  However, anyone who suffers an injury to their upper back, neck or shoulder and feels that it could be whiplash should see their doctor for treatment and expert guidance as to how best to recover from their injury.

In most cases, whiplash related symptoms settle on their own within 6-8 weeks of occurrence.   During this period, symptoms of pain, discomfort and a loss of range of movement will be present.  Providing a doctor or hospital has examined the injury, whiplash sufferers are best off keeping active, using hot and cold treatments, ibuprofen or other pain relief and having qualified sports injury massage therapy.

Chronic whiplash is the term used for whiplash injuries that last for 6 months or more.  In these cases, further medical treatments may well be required, as will stronger prescription pain relief.

When it comes to making a claim for whiplash injury compensation, it is always better to make a whiplash injury claim quickly rather than delaying a claim as this usually leads to a better outcome for the claimant.

Boosting recovery times

Anyone who has suffered a whiplash injury will want to recover as quickly as possible and there are useful tips and guidance that can be followed to help ease the symptoms of whiplash.  At Direct2Compensation, we work to try and help our whiplash victims recover more quickly as part of their claim for whiplash compensation as making a claim with Direct2Compensation is not just about obtaining a cash settlement.

Our expert specialist solicitors will work to press the party liable for your whiplash injuries to pay for a course of specialist expert rehabilitative physiotherapy or other suitable treatment to speed up your recovery time.  It’s for reasons like this that make choosing Direct2Compensation the right place to run your claim.  We fully believe that it is important to instruct an expert solicitor to run a claim for whiplash compensation.  As well as working hard to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation settlement available, Direct2Compensation will also work hard to ensure that you get the right treatment for any whiplash injuries at the earliest opportunity to help you get back to your usual level of fitness in the quickest time.

Tips to help with whiplash symptoms and recovery

Medical experts and physiotherapists agree that there are some basic things that anyone who has suffered a whiplash injury can do to help ease the pain and discomfort of whiplash.  Here we list a few useful things that people with a whiplash injury can do to make their life a little less uncomfortable and recover more quickly.

  • Keep active.  Medical evidence shows that the best thing to do when suffering from a whiplash injury or other ‘soft tissue’ injury is to keep the area mobile.  Using controlled stretches, such as those used in yoga or pilates exercises will help to speed up recovery and maintain a good range of movement and mobility in the neck and upper spine.
  • Good posture.  Maintaining a good posture will also help to minimise the effects of whiplash injuries and enable a quicker recovery than if you slouch or stoop.  People with whiplash injuries should maintain a straight back when sitting, standing or walking.  People who have a whiplash injury and work at a computer or desk all day should speak to their employer to ensure that their work station is correctly adjusted to enable good posture.
  • Supporting the neck.  Many whiplash compensation claimants report that using a good hard pillow has helped reduce the length of time that whiplash injuries were present or painful.  People with whiplash injuries should avoid using more than one pillow and should not carry a satchel or bag on one shoulder.  Using a back pack carrying any weight evenly across the back will further reduce the severity of whiplash symptoms.

If you or someone you know is suffering from an injury that sounds like whiplash they could be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation.  Making a claim for whiplash injury compensation is a fairly simple process and as long as there is evidence available to support a claim for whiplash compensation, we will be happy to pursue the matter on a no win no fee basis.  Making a claim for whiplash compensation is a legal right available to anyone who has suffered a whiplash injury and a claim for whiplash compensation can be started online.  Also if you want a bit of advice or to discuss your whiplash injury, simply contact us and we’ll be happy to explain our claims process and help you understand your rights.

If you have a whiplash injury, there are useful websites available to offer some guidance and support.  A very good resource for whiplash injury victims is the NHS website, with useful help for whiplash injury assistance available at http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Whiplash/Pages/Treatment.aspx

 

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