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Whiplash Injuries

There has been a great deal of public debate concerning “whiplash” injuries, much of it fuelled by powerful lobbying by the motor insurance industry.

Whiplash is a real injury. It most commonly occurs when your head is thrown forward violently causing injury (known as hypertension and hyperflexion) to the soft tissues in the neck.

Whiplash injury typically occurs in road traffic accidents following a sharp impact between vehicles, often a “rear end” collision, with the front seat passenger being the most vulnerable to more serious injury.

Cyclists and pedestrians frequently sustain whiplash injuries following a road traffic accident.

The road traffic accident statistics for Scotland in 2012 are sobering:

  • 170 people killed
  • 1959 seriously injured
  • 10,446 “minor injuries” (primarily whiplash)

However whiplash injuries can also be sustained in other types of accidents, for example slips and trips, sports injuries, accidents at work and criminal assaults.

Whiplash injury symptoms are often not experienced immediately and may take several days to become fully apparent. Typically symptoms will involve stiffness and pain to the neck, shoulders and back. The severity of symptoms can vary from mild pain resolving in a few days or weeks to more serious injuries that can take months or even years to fully resolve. Very occasionally the symptoms may be permanent.

At the onset of whiplash symptoms it is important to seek early medical advice. For minor injuries usually painkiller medication and a period of rest is prescribed. For more serious injuries, rehabilitation treatment will be recommended.

Watermans offers its clients private rehabilitation through its unique Total Care programme operating throughout Scotland. For whiplash victims this usually involves private physiotherapy treatment arranged at times to suit the client and avoiding often lengthy NHS waiting times (often up to 13 weeks) – and all at no cost to the client.

If you have suffered a whiplash injury you may be entitled to compensation and free rehabilitation. – you only have three years to make a claim.

Contact us today – we are here to help.