How to avoid whiplash injury

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Neck injuries and whiplash injury are common after suffering a car crash, particularly when your vehicle is hit from behind by another.It is impossible to avoid whiplash injury all together, but there are things you can do to reduce the risk of serious injury. Adjust your car head rest to the correct position, which is in line with the top of your head. A badly-positioned head rest can do more harm than good, and there is no point adjusting the head restraint if you leave it in the wrong position.



Whiplash injury claims

Many accidents on Britain´s roads are caused by tired drivers, and the drivers most at risk of causing an accident are those who drive for a living. Company car drivers don´t usually bother to position their head restraints properly, and those who do adjust them are not sure what the proper position is.

Unfortunately, most drivers think the top of the restraint should be level with the eyes or ears or the neck, although it should always be level with the top of the head. A badly-positioned head restraint can result in severe whiplash injury if an accident occurs. By simply adjusting your head restraint to the proper position you can avoid injury all together if you are involved in a car accident. If you have suffered whiplash or a neck injury after a car accident that was not your fault, you can claim up to £16,000 compensation with a personal injury solicitor.

If you suffer a car accident which results in a neck injury, you could have a strong case for compensation if the accident was not your fault. Seek medical help and then contact a regulated personal injury solicitor who will assess your claim, and give you professional legal advice. Choose a solicitor who works on a no win, no fee basis, and one who will pay you 100% of the compensation. Using a personal injury solicitor instead of a claims management company has many advantages, as a solicitor will deal with your claim directly instead of passing it on to a third party Neck injury and whiplash injury commonly occur after road accidents, sports accidents or accidents at work, and any accident which causes violent movement of the head and neck can cause damage to the soft tissue and muscles in the neck and lower back.

Even if you have minor whiplash injury, visit your GP as soon as possible, so he can assess your injuries and recommend treatment for you. Surgery for minor neck injuries and whiplash is rarely required, and most symptoms clear up within a matter of weeks. If serious neck injury is sustained during an accident, surgery may be necessary.Painkillers normally reduce pain quickly in cases of mild whiplash, and you may be advised to wear a soft collar for a few days after the accident. You may be advised to have physiotherapy or prescribed painkillers.If you suffer whiplash after an accident that was not your fault, make a note of the other driver´s details, including the registration number of his vehicle, and gather any witness statements where possible.

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This article was published on 2010/09/11