Can you tell me what are the symptoms of whiplash after a car accident?
The most common symptoms of whiplash after a car accident include tenderness in the neck and shoulders, reduced neck movement, neck pain, muscle stiffness and headaches. Less common symptoms of whiplash after a car accident can include lower back pain, muscle spasms, dizziness, tiredness and paraesthesia (pins and needles, tingling in the extremities and numbness).
If you are experiencing any of these whiplash injury symptoms it is essential that you visit a doctor immediately. If whiplash is not treated promptly the severity of your whiplash injury symptoms can deteriorate and further damage can easily be caused. After being involved in a car accident your health must be your number one concern; not only to ensure that your injuries are kept to the minimum level, but should you decide to make a whiplash injury compensation claim, the probability of success and the amount of compensation for whiplash you will be able to recover may be reduced if you did not seek prompt medical attention.
If you are diagnosed with whiplash — often referred to medically as acceleration deceleration injuries — it is important that you speak with a solicitor about making a claim for whiplash injuries. There are a number of steps which must be taken prior to a claim for whiplash injuries being made. A solicitor is in the best position to advise you about these after listening to your account of the accident and about any evidence of third party negligence that you have been able to collect.
If you allow a solicitor to prepare and pursue a whiplash injury compensation claim on your behalf, you can be sure that the strongest possible case will be made against the negligent third party responsible for the accident. A third of claims for compensation are settled by direct negotiation with the insurance company of the negligent third party responsible for an accident and when a strong case is prepared it will increase the probability of compensation for whiplash being awarded without court action being necessary.
A solicitor will also start the legal process by completing the application for assessment that must be submitted to the Injuries Board, and will ensure that all aspects of your injuries are detailed on your medical assessment form. This will maximise the probability of your full entitlement to whiplash injury compensation being paid.