Whiplash

Overview

How can you prevent a compensation pain in the neck?

If you've been in a motor vehicle accident, chances are you're experiencing at least some neck discomfort depending on the severity of the incident. But could it be more than just normal stiffness? Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained by victims of car accidents, and is defined by the Quebec Task Force as:

"An acceleration-deceleration mechanism of energy transfer to the neck. It may result from rear end, side-impact and frontal vehicle collision, but can also occur during diving or other mishaps. The impact may result in bony or soft tissue injuries (whiplash injury), which in turn may lead to a variety of clinical manifestations."

As the victim of an injury resulting from a motor vehicle accident, you have the right to make a claim for compensation. So what do you need to know about whiplash?

Whiplash following a motor vehicle accident

Government digital health organisation Health Direct states that whiplash can bring about a range of symptoms, including:

  • Neck tenderness and swelling
  • Restricted movements
  • Muscles spasms
  • Pain in shoulders and arms
  • Neck stiffness and pain.

These symptoms take effect immediately following the accident or they may become apparent some time later, and can lead to long term chronic health problems. In addition, no two injuries are the same. According to the Motor Accidents Authority, whiplash can vary in severity, ranging from a grade one condition with mild stiffness and tenderness, to a grade five injury that can involve fracture or dislocation of the neck. No matter how severe your injuries, it's important that you do everything you can to aid your recovery - including seeking compensation.

Making a compensation claim for whiplash

After an accident resulting in an injury such as whiplash, you may be legally entitled to make a claim for compensation. This can help you cover medical and rehabilitation expenses, loss of income due to being unable to work, loss of superannuation and also compensate for any pain and suffering you have experienced. Whether you were a passenger, a motorcyclist, a pedestrian, a cyclist or a driver who was not at fault for the accident, you could be eligible.

Whatever the circumstances, your first port of call when seeking compensation in New South Wales should always be to get advice from an experienced motor accident lawyer. Getting compensation can be a challenging process, which is why at Marshall Gibson Lawyers we can help you understand your entitlements and manage your claim so that you'll get the best possible outcome. Strict time limits apply for making claims so to find out more, get in touch with us today on 1800 675 417.