What is Whiplash?
There is a lot of information online concerning Whiplash claims. This information includes positive and negative content. For example, the Ministry of Justice claims that the UK is suffering from some sort of ‘Whiplash claim epidemic’. This is denied by The Law Society, Pressure Groups, Charities, and many Politicians. We wrote about this earlier in the year – read the article:
The debate about reforming the personal injury system in the UK is deeply polarised. The groups mentioned above accuse insurance companies of putting profits before services, and they also believe that elements within the Conservative party wish to support big business in furthering those corporate profits.
You will find pressure groups and solicitors groups on social media that argue these proposed reforms to the compensation claims system in the UK are rigged in favour of creating more profits for insurers. One such group is called Access to Justice. Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party holds a similar position. The outcome of these reforms is not known yet. It is also unknown whether the compensation claims system requires reform or perhaps different reforms than the ones currently proposed.
Yet that aside, what actually is whiplash?
Whiplash is an injury to the neck. It is caused by sudden rapid movement of the head. This can occur in any direction for example forwards, backwards or sideways. The damage is caused when soft tissues inside the neck stretch due to the rapid movement. Too much stretching and damaged is caused. It is commonly referred to as a sprain. Neck sprain can be extremely painful causing severe headaches unlike an ankle sprain for example. This is why people often have to wear a neck brace to support their neck.
Whiplash will often get better within a few weeks or months, but for some people it can last longer. If you have whiplash the common symptoms include:
a sore neck
neck stiffness and difficulty moving your head
pain in the shoulders and arms
Some people complain of pins and needles, dizziness, nausea, and irritability.
It can take several hours for the symptoms to develop after you injure your neck but commonly the symptoms are worse 24 hours after the initial injury.
If you believe you are suffering from whiplash the best course of is to visit your GP as soon as you can.