What is whiplash and how do you spot the symptoms?

What is whiplash and how do you spot the symptoms?

18th December 2018

Whiplash has been the subject of hot debate in the legal and insurance sectors for some time now, because of reforms coming in April 2020 that will change the way people can make personal injury claims for whiplash.

Despite this debate, we still find that a lot of people don’t understand what whiplash is and how sufferers are affected.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash injury is a type of neck injury caused by sudden movement of the head forwards, backwards or sideways.

It occurs when the soft tissues in the neck become stretched and damaged. The most common symptoms of whiplash include neck pain and tenderness/stiffness, difficulty moving your head, headaches, muscle spasms, pain in the shoulders and arms. There are other symptoms, too, such as dizziness, memory loss, muscle spasms, etc, though these are less common.

Is it serious?

While the pain and symptoms associated with whiplash will usually pass after several weeks, they can be very uncomfortable while they do last. Neck pain, especially, can be debilitating and have a huge impact on quality of life and ability to work and drive.

What should you do if you think you have whiplash?

Visit your GP if you’ve recently been involved in a road accident, or you’ve had a sudden impact to your head and you have pain and stiffness in your neck.

If you believe you have a potential legal claim for damages, then find a reputable law firm who will assess your claim and advise whether it will be worth pursuing.

Where does Premier Medical come in?

Premier Medical works ‘behind the scenes’ with insurers and law firms to provide independent, confidential and reliable medical reports. In essence, this means we examine patients as part of personal injury claims.

What are Premier Medical’s background and credentials?

Premier Medical is a ‘tier one’ provider of medical assessments and reports for soft tissue injuries. This means that, because of our size, reputation and way of working, we hit the highest possible standards in our industry.

We are a large company that has worked in the medical reporting sector for many years: we are built on medical knowledge and were founded by people with medical training. We also embrace technology to make sure all cases are handled as efficiently as possible.