What are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

What should you do if you think you have whiplash?

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After a road traffic accident, you may believe yourself to have escaped injury free.

However, whiplash can take hours, days or sometimes even months to materialize.

Therefore you may be surprised when you begin to develop problems, and at first may not link your accident to your health complaints.

That’s why you need to be aware of the symptoms of whiplash, as this will ensure your injury can be properly treated.


At first, you will begin to experience a stiff and sore neck, along with reduced movement in the neck and shoulders. You may also present with:-

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Jaw pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Pain and/or pins and needles in your arms and hands

These symptoms are all indicative of whiplash, and if you develop them after a road traffic collision, it is important to seek medical advice.

See a doctor

Although you will read that whiplash is a self-limiting condition – meaning it can heal without any medical intervention – it is important to affirm that you do not have a more serious, underlying condition.

Indeed, sometimes people think they have whiplash, but have in fact sustained a fracture.

A doctor will be able to ensure that you do not require further investigation, and will also be able to suggest what you can do to speed up your recovery.

This is likely to include gentle neck exercises and anti-inflammatory medication.

Nevertheless, waiting for a whiplash injury to heal and can be extremely frustrating, not to mention extremely debilitating.

Many will find that their ability to carry out day to day tasks is severely hindered, and it may not even be possible to continue working, especially if you have an active job.

This can cause great distress, leaving you out of work and out of pocket.

Legal criteria

But there may be something you can do to recover any money you have lost because of your whiplash: you might be able to make a whiplash claim, which will allow you to retrieve your losses and obtain compensation for the damage you have been caused.

But in order to do so, there are a few criteria you must meet.

Firstly, another party must be responsible for the accident. So if another driver collided into the back of your vehicle, or can be held liable, you will be legally entitled to claim.

Secondly, no more than three years must have passed since the accident, or you will have run out of time.

Lastly, you must be aged 18 or over; otherwise a parent or legal guardian must claim on your behalf, or you must wait until your eighteenth birthday.

Contact us today

If you would like to find out more about claiming compensation for your whiplash, contact us today at Loyalty Law. We will be more than happy to help.



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