What happens to your neck when you are in a Road Traffic Accident
The most common injury in a Road Traffic Accident is a Whiplash Injury because in a collision the head is jolted violently forwards, backwards or sideways. causing the ligaments in the neck to be sprained. A sprain occurs when a ligament is overstretched. Although the ligament is not broken, a strain can often take a long time to heal (sometimes several months).
Whiplash symptoms often involve neck pain, stiffness and a temporary loss of movement in the neck. Headaches, muscle spasms and pain in the shoulders or arms are other possible
Symptoms of Whiplash
Whiplash symptoms often take a while to show after a road traffic accident. Any inflammation (swelling) and bruising in the neck muscles will not usually show up at the time of the accident.
It can take 6 to 12 hours for whiplash symptoms to appear. The pain and stiffness is often worse on the day after the whiplash injury. The pain may continue to get worse during the days after the injury.
The common symptoms of whiplash include:
- neck swelling,
- neck pain and stiffness,
- tenderness along the back of the neck,
- and a reduction in or loss of movement in the neck
Other symptoms of Whiplash can include
- pain, numbness or pins and needles in the arms and hands,
- lower back pain,
- muscle spasms,
- difficulty swallowing,
- blurred vision,
- vertigo (the sensation that your are moving or spinning), and
- tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
Following a whiplash injury, the dizziness, headaches, blurred vision and problems with swallowing should only last for a short while. See your GP if any of these symptoms do not clear up.
Sometimes, whiplash can cause memory loss, poor concentration and irritability.
Diagnosing Whiplash Injuries
Tests and scans are not usually required in order to diagnose whiplash symptoms. It can usually be diagnosed from a description of symptoms themselves.
Visit your GP if you have recently had a motor vehicle accident or a sudden impact to your head and are experiencing pain and stiffness in your neck.
To make a diagnosis, your GP will ask you about your symptoms and details of how the injury happened.
Further tests, such as an X-ray, computerised tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, may be recommended if another problem, such as a spinal injury, is suspected.
How to claim Whiplash Compensation.
So if you are suffering from any or some of the above symptoms, and they were caused as a result of a non-fault Road Traffic Accident within the last three years then you could be in a position to make a Whiplash Compensation Claim.