5 Symptoms That Can Affect The Level Of Whiplash Compensation
The sudden deceleration involved in car accidents places great pressure on the neck and shoulder area and the soft tissue inside the spine can become strained.
The level of whiplash compensation that drivers involved in an accident that was not their fault will receive is calculated by their injuries.
Here we look at the five symptoms that could affect your level of whiplash compensation.
Stiffness of the neck The most common whiplash injury and one that the majority of people will be familiar with is neck pain.
The injury can cause great discomfort and make carrying out everyday tasks difficult if not impossible.
Pain relief tablets and anti-inflammatory tablets can ease the pain to some extent, but patients must be careful not to over exert themselves when carrying such injuries, which could cause further damage.
Ice applied immediately after the accident can also help to reduce swelling and pain.
In some instances neck pain will be gone within a matter of days, in others it may take weeks.
The level of pain and time it takes to disappear will be taken into consideration when compensation amounts are decided.
Headaches Those that suffer from neck pain will often also find that it comes hand in hand with headaches.
The severity of the headaches will usually be worse if the head has come into contact with another object during the crash.
However, headaches can also occur even when the head has not impacted with anything else and is linked to spinal damage.
Again the severity of the headaches and the length of them can have a bearing on the level of whiplash compensation.
Unconsciousness Where crash victims suffer bouts of unconsciousness following a car accident the injuries are deemed to be much more serious.
Anyone who suffers from this symptom must contact their doctor or visit the hospital immediately.
Memory loss Some severe whiplash injuries can even involve memory loss.
In some instances it may be that the injured party cannot remember anything about who they are.
Less serious memory loss may involve forgetting names or details here or there.
Memory loss is often related to bouts of unconsciousness and either one of or both symptoms together can see a whiplash compensation claim rise dramatically.
Pins and needles The final injury that could affect your whiplash compensation claim is that of pins and needles in the shoulders and arms.
This symptom can often be a signal of physical damage which can again see an increase in your level of compensation.
Heaviness of the arms is also linked with pins and needles and both should be immediately raised with a doctor or hospital.