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Whiplash is a term used to describe an injury that has resulted from a vigorous movement to the neck, and is a common injury after experiencing a sudden impact such as in a road accident. 

What causes whiplash, and what are the symptoms?

Whiplash is an injury that can occur when a sudden and vigorous movement to the head causes the tendons and ligaments around the neck to overstretch and become damaged. Road traffic accidents, where the sudden impact of a collision throws the head forwards or to the side, are the main cause of the injury. It can also be the result of a sudden blow to the head during sports, or from a slip or fall.

Common symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness, with difficult and restricted neck movements
  • Tenderness over the neck muscles, with potentially inflammation and swelling
  • Headaches and dizziness

It is worth noting that it can take some hours (6-12) for the symptoms of whiplash to develop after an accident, and the pain and stiffness resulting from the injury is often worse in the days following the initial incident.

What to do if you think you have whiplash

If you believe you might be suffering from a whiplash injury you should visit your GP. Having explained to them the cause of your injury and the symptoms, and once they have examined you, your GP will be able to recommend the best course of action and prescribe you any necessary medication.

If you have suffered from whiplash, whether from a road accident or otherwise, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury. At Accident Helpline Scotland we understand the restrictions whiplash, even if just for a few days, can have on people. Our personal injury solicitors are available to discuss your case, guide you on the best way forward, and whether this potentially includes pursing a claim for your injury.

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