How you diagnose a whiplash injury and what steps you should take to ensure your wellbeing following an accident.
The first thing you must do following any injury – is to seek immediate medical advice from either a doctor or your local hospital. Do not treat your injuries lightly – its an old cliche but it definitely is better to be safe than sorry.
Whiplash injuries are treated in various ways. It is normal practice for hospitals to x-ray individuals involved in road accidents. If no bony injury is identified then a course of anti-inflammatory medication or pain killers may be prescribed. It is sensible to visit the local A&E department if possible but some people may prefer to seek advice from their GP. Most GP's follow the same procedures for treatment as the local hospital but crucially they cannot conduct x-rays or manage more serious injuries.
The fact that you do not seek medical attention does not prevent you from claiming. But we strongly recommend that medical advice is sought. A course of Physiotherapy or Chiropracty might by recommended and very often a few free sessions of treatment can be obtained on the NHS.
Your case will be handled by our car accident claim specialist no win no fee solicitors who have had many years experience dealing with these claims. The solicitor will deal with your claim on a no win no fee basis.
The insurers for the responsible party are invited to agree a medical expert who will examine you. The expert will be local to you. After the examination the expert provides a report on your condition. Subject to liability an offer of settlement will be made once the evidence is disclosed to the compensating insurer.
If physiotherapy is recommended this may be arranged free of charge provided liability is not at issue. Where symptoms are prolonged, further investigations may be necessary involving additional x-rays, or MRI scans. Usually a follow up medical examination will be arranged in order to allow the doctor an opportunity to update and review the prognosis or opinion. Call now for immediate help and advice.
It is very important that you consider – subject to medical advice from your doctor – whether any form therapy would be helpful to your condition. There are various types of treatments available and you must explore with your GP whether any are suitable for you.
Here are some useful Whiplash related web pages:
If you have suffered a whiplash injury in an accident – you may be entitled to compensation. Please read our information pages or contact us immediately for assistance if you wish to make a claim.
Always seek medical advice before any treatment or medication
The Claims Connection whiplash injury diagnosis – UK whiplash personal injury compensation. Diagnosis section