Whiplash Explained

If you’ve been involved in an accident and have soreness in your neck, you may be suffering from whiplash and now could be a good time to make a whiplash injury claim.

Our expert team have plenty of experience in cases like this and know exactly how to achieve the best results.

What is whiplash?

You’ve no doubt heard the word often enough in the media and among the people you know, but you might not know exactly what whiplash is. The term is used to describe a neck injury caused by a sudden movement of the head forwards, backwards or sideways.

The motion is vigorous enough to damage the ligaments and tendons in the neck. Tendons are the fibrous bands that connect muscles to bone. Ligaments connect tissues and link bones together at joints.

While ligaments aren’t broken in cases of whiplash, they can be badly strained and in cases like this, the healing process can be long.

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If you’re trying to work out whether or you not you’re suffering from this medical condition, you can look for a number of symptoms. For example, it typically causes pain, stiffness and a loss of movement in the neck. You might also get headaches, muscle spasms and pain in the shoulders or arms.

Common in road accidents

Whiplash injuries are common in road accidents because collisions, particularly from behind, can jolt people’s heads backwards before they then ‘whip’ forwards. Crashes don’t have to be severe to cause physical damage of this kind. Even low-speed collisions can result in whiplash.

It’s also worth noting that whiplash can occur following a violent blow to the head, such as falls in contact sports like rugby and boxing. However, this is rare.


The outlook for whiplash sufferers depends on the severity of the injury. 

However, in some cases, the ill-effects can last for several months or even years.

Here to help

By approaching a personal injury solicitor like her, you should find that the process of taking your claim forward is simple. We’re experts when it comes to whiplash compensation claims and know exactly what to do.

The amount of money you stand to gain depends on how serious your injuries are. For mild cases, it’s possible to get between £875 and £5,150. Meanwhile, for moderate whiplash, the boundaries run from £5,150 to £16,400 and for severe cases, it’s possible to secure between £16,400 and £87,500.

Every year, our specialist road traffic accident solicitors recover hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of whiplash compensation for clients and thanks to our no win no fee system, you have nothing to lose by progressing a claim.