A guide on whiplash

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A guide on whiplash

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is the name given to soft tissue injuries that result from a sudden jerk of the back and neck. It’s named after the snapping motion required to crack a whip. Whiplash is the most common injury sustained in car crashes and it is widely associated with road accidents in general.

There is a common misconception that whiplash isn’t all that bad. However, it varies in severity and symptoms can be quite excruciating at its worse. Soft-tissue whiplash injuries cause pain and stiffness in the neck, upper-back, shoulders and upper-arms. It makes it painful to move your head and muscle spasms are not uncommon. Recovery can take from weeks to years and in rare occasions, for the rest of your life.

Perception of whiplash claims in Northern Ireland

There’s a common misconception in Northern Ireland that whiplash claims are inherently frivolous and are fuelling a culture of compensation. This rhetoric is fuelled by several special interest groups and individuals and there isn’t much basis in it. In fact, whiplash claims are decreasing year on year and have been for a while. Safety technology innovation has meant a slow but steady decline in the number of whiplash claims.

If you have suffered symptoms associated with whiplash following a road traffic collision, don’t allow yourself to be put off pursuing your right to compensation. Personal injury claims contribute to a fair and just society and if you were injured through no fault of your own, you deserve to be put back into the position you were in prior to the accident.

The level of compensation awarded in a whiplash claim depends on several factors. Too many to go into here. If you would like to know more about how whiplash claims are valued, read our blog entitled Whiplash: How much compensation could I get?

Road traffic accident claims and compensation

McCartan Turkington Breen specialise in whiplash compensation claims. If you suffered from whiplash in the past three years, contact us for a free no commitment consultation or visit our page on Road Traffic Accident claims.  


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