Suffering a whiplash or neck injury can be extremely debilitating. The experienced personal injury solicitors at Thorley Stephenson can provide clear, sympathetic advice on claiming compensation to support you in your recovery.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is the term used to describe soft tissue injuries affecting the neck, spine and shoulders. This type of injury occurs when the head is violently thrown forwards, backwards or to the side, usually as the consequence of a sudden impact. A common cause of whiplash is road traffic accidents, for example when a slow-moving vehicle is hit from behind or the side by a faster moving vehicle. Whiplash is a type of sprain injury, with the damage and pain caused ranging from mild to severe.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

Someone who has suffered a whiplash will often experience pain, stiffness and loss of movement in their neck and shoulders. Sometimes these symptoms can be experienced in their arms as well. Other signs that you have suffered whiplash can include headaches, and in some cases, dizziness, blurred vision, tiredness, pins and needles in your hands and arms, nausea, muscle spasms, and back pain.

Symptoms might be evident immediately, but they often develop in the 24 hours following the injury occurring. Many people will become aware of whiplash symptoms the day afterwards, and they can often become worse over the following days. If you think you have suffered whiplash, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible.

How long will the effects of a whiplash injury last?

The effects of whiplash will vary depending on the severity of the injury. Some whiplash symptoms will disappear after a few days or weeks. However, in severe cases, the recovery period can last much longer, with some sufferers experiencing long-term pain as a result. The term used to describe symptoms that last for more than six months is ‘chronic whiplash'. Those who suffer this type of injury can find the managing of day-to-day and work tasks extremely difficult, with chronic whiplash sufferers also experiencing anxiety and or depression in some cases.

How can Thorley Stephenson's personal injury lawyers help?

Our personal injury lawyers can offer guidance on whether you can claim compensation if you have suffered whiplash or neck injuries. At your free initial consultation, one of our solicitors will assess your claim and provide impartial and confidential advice on the best way for you to proceed. We offer a no win, no fee service – even if your claim is unsuccessful you will not need to pay.

Acting on your behalf, our legal team will instruct experts who can give evidence in support of your claim. We aim to negotiate a fair settlement for you as quickly as possible, but our lawyers will provide you with the best possible representation if your case goes to court.

Contact our Whiplash and Neck Injury Solicitors Edinburgh & East Lothian, Scotland

If you have suffered whiplash or a neck injury, it is vital that you speak with a solicitor straight away. For advice on making a claim, call our personal injury lawyers today on 01315569599.

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