WHIPLASH LONG-TERM EFFECTS *

WHIPLASH LONG-TERM EFFECTS *

The Long-Term Effects Of Whiplash After A Car Accident *

Road traffic accidents * can take many forms, from car accidents *, bicycle accidents *, motorcycle accident * and accidents involving pedestrians * and the injuries sustained will vary depending on the severity of the accident. Once of the most common injuries arising from a road accident * is whiplash.

Whiplash

Whiplash is a form of personal injury * caused by a sudden jolt of your neck which causes damage to the ligaments. When whiplash occurs the neck rocks back and forward (like the cracking of a whip), causing a sudden hyperextension of muscles and other tissues which throws the neck out of its natural shape. Many people who are involved in car accidents * suffer from whiplash, as people inside a car are thrown forward upon impact.  This can predominately be seen when a rear-end car crash * takes place. If you are involved in a rear end car collision * you should receive medical attention for injuries both minor and major.

This is a form of personal injury * that limits your mobility and that can prevent you from carrying out tasks in your day to day life. Whiplash injuries * can range from mild to severe and must be diagnosed and treated correctly.

Symptoms

Signs of whiplash usually develop within 24 hours of the injury occurring, although this is not always the case. It is recommended that you see a doctor immediately after an accident if you experience symptoms of whiplash or if you have suffered from whiplash (both minor and major).

You make be suffering from whiplash if you notice the following symptoms

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Loss of motion in the neck
  • Headaches, often starting at the base of the skull
  • Tenderness and pain in arms. Upper back and shoulder.
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sleep problems
  • Memory problems

Common types of road traffic accidents * resulting in whiplash.

Car Accidents  *

A rear-end collision is when one vehicle collides with the back of the vehicle in front. Rear-end collision accident claims * are a common form of injury in Ireland.  In most cases, the negligent party is the colliding car coming from behind. If you believe you have suffered from whiplash after a rear-end collision (or any road traffic accident * ), seek medical attention immediately.

Long-Term Effects

Symptoms of whiplash can last for days to months or even years depending on how severe the injury is to the soft tissue in your neck and in your upper back. Whiplash that has a long-term lasting effect usually correlates with more serious road traffic accidents *. Whiplash that lasts over 6 months is usually referred to as chronic whiplash and is to be treated by medical professions and prescribed with muscle relaxants, physiotherapy, painkillers as well as specific time off work among other things (all of which comes at a cost).  Severe whiplash can also lead to other problems such as osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis in the long term, especially in cases where there is a true injury to the spine such as a fracture.

Making A Claim

1. Seek medical attention

The most important priority is your own health and safety. No matter how minor in the injury may feel it is important to be examined by a medical practitioner. A medical report will also be required as part of your claims process

2. Report the accident

Report the incident to the relevant authority – this will vary depending on the cause of the injury. Keep a record of the report as part of the claims process.

3. Witnesses

If there were any witnesses to the accident speak to them and ask for their contact details.

4. Document the incident

It is important that you have all the information available to give to your solicitor when you start the claims process. Any information that you cannot get access to, your solicitor will be able to source it for you. The information you can record is details of the accident, photographs of the scene, photographs of your injuries, witness details, medical bills, transport to and from hospital/treatments, CCTV footage of the accident if there were any cameras around and any other important information about the accident.

5. Speak with a solicitor

Having a solicitor involved early in the process can help to ensure that the claims process runs as smoothly as possible for you. Your solicitor will help you in gathering document, submitting your claim to the Injuries Board for assessment and work with you to bring your case to a close.

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If you have been involved in a road traffic accident *where whiplash was incurred, our team of local personal injury solicitors * in Dublin are available to answer any queries you may have. For a confidential discussion, please call Tracey Solicitors on 01 649 9900 or email ask@traceysolicitors.ie and to tell us about your case.

With 30 years’ experience as specialist personal injury solicitors *, Tracey Solicitors, ensure not to overwhelm you with legal jargon and can provide you with legal advice and guidance with your best interest at heart, in a language that you can understand.

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Personal Injury Claims * – Useful Information

 

What is a Road Traffic Accident Claim *?

In scenarios where a person is involved in an accident on the road * that was not their fault and sustains an injury as a result of that accident, they may be entitled to pursue a road traffic accident claim *.

There are many different scenarios that could lead to a claim, most common of which are:

Each scenario and case will be different, therefore, it is important that you contact a road traffic accident solicitor * as soon as possible after the accident to discuss your case.

How do I start a road traffic accident claim *?

The first step in making a claim, after you have spoken with a solicitor, is to submit an application to the Injuries Board for an assessment of your claim. You will be required to complete an Injuries Board Form A in order to start the claims process.  Your solicitor can gather the relevant documents needed (medical reports, Gardaí reports etc.,) do this on your behalf.

My claim has been submitted to the Injuries Board, what happens next?

Once the Injuries Board have received your application they have a period of 9 months in which to assess your claim. Once assessed, the Injuries Board will revert back to you and the person at fault with a suggested compensation amount to be paid to you. At this stage, one of two scenarios will come to pass:

  1. If both parties agree on the settlement amount, the Injuries Board will issue an order to Pay and the compensation amount will be paid to you.
  2. If either party disagree on the compensation amount then your case moves to the next stage – you have 6 months to issue court proceedings.
How is compensation calculated?

A compensation amount is calculated by taking into account the following aspects:

  • Loss of wages, if absent from work due to injury
  • Future loss of earnings, if absent from work for a long period of time
  • Medical expenses resulting from the injury
  • Future medical expenses resulting from the injury
  • Out of pocket expenses

In order to calculate compensation for you, the Injuries Board will refer to the Book of Quantum. The Book of Quantum shows value ranges of compensation amounts that have been awarded to people for injuries to specific parts of their bodies. Each of the average compensation amounts found in the book is taken from real personal injury cases * (over 51,000 in total) from the years 2014-2015.

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Client Story – Ollie, Road Traffic Accident *

Incident: Ollie was the driver of a car while stationary in traffic. Suddenly the car in which he was travelling sustained a rear end impact from a van and a subsequent secondary impact with the car in front as he was shunted forward. Ollie was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident but the airbags did not deploy. Immediately after the accident, Ollie complained of neck, lower back and jaw discomfort. When he attended a doctor the diagnosis of a soft tissue injury was made. He was given exercises for his whiplash. Approximately two days following the accident, Ollie noticed he started grinding his teeth continuously at night and it sometimes wakes him up from his sleep. He had to get a bite splint to wear at night time. Giving the type of impact and other injuries sustained it was not unusual for this injury to occur alongside the others. He gets some pain and the occasional locking of the left-hand side off his jaw. His clinical situation was not expected to improve in the future.

Case Progression: The Personal Injury Board decided it would not be appropriate for them to make an assessment in the case. Proceedings were issued on the 28/01/15.

Settlement: The Case was settled in the Circuit Court on the 30/07/2015. The other driver had a duty of care to Ollie as he was behind him and should have been paying attention to the car in front.

Client Story – Ollie, Road Traffic Accident *

Incident: Ollie was the driver of a car while stationary in traffic. Suddenly the car in which he was travelling sustained a rear end impact from a van and a subsequent secondary impact with the car in front as he was shunted forward. Ollie was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident but the airbags did not deploy. Immediately after the accident, Ollie complained of neck, lower back and jaw discomfort. When he attended a doctor the diagnosis of a soft tissue injury was made. He was given exercises for his whiplash. Approximately two days following the accident, Ollie noticed he started grinding his teeth continuously at night and it sometimes wakes him up from his sleep. He had to get a bite splint to wear at night time. Giving the type of impact and other injuries sustained it was not unusual for this injury to occur alongside the others. He gets some pain and the occasional locking of the left-hand side off his jaw. His clinical situation was not expected to improve in the future.

Case Progression: The Personal Injury Board decided it would not be appropriate for them to make an assessment in the case. Proceedings were issued on the 28/01/15.

Settlement: The Case was settled in the Circuit Court on the 30/07/2015. The other driver had a duty of care to Ollie as he was behind him and should have been paying attention to the car in front.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What to do if you’re involved in a Car Crash?

Car accidents are an unexpected event and can happen without a moment’s notice. According to the Injuries Board, 72% of all personal injury claims * that are sent to them for assessment are road traffic accidents *. If you are involved in a car accident * your health is your number one priority. Take a second to switch the car off and turn your hazards on…

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How long do you have to claim after a car accident?

Following a car accident * there is a certain time period in which a person can make a personal injury claim *. This time period is known as the statute of limitations and for a car accident * a person has 2 years less one day from the date of knowledge of their injuries to make a claim *…

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How long does it take to settle a car accident claim *?

This is one of the most common questions asked by those making a car accident claim *. However, this is a difficult question to answer. The amount of time it takes to settle a case varies depending on the complexity of your case and injuries sustained because of the accident…

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What to do if you are involved in a Car Crash *?

Car accidents are an unexpected event and can happen without a moment’s notice. According to the Injuries Board, 72% of all personal injury claims * that are sent to them for assessment are road traffic accidents *.

Immediately after the accident:

If you are involved in a car accident * your health is your number one priority. Take a second to switch the car off and turn your hazards on…

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How long do you have to claim after a car accident *?

Following a car accident * there is a certain time period in which a person can make a personal injury claim *. This time period is known as the statute of limitations and for a car accident * a person has 2 years less one day from the date of knowledge of their injuries to make a claim *…

READ MORE

How long does it take to settle a car accident claim *?

This is one of the most common questions asked by those making a car accident claim *. However, this is a difficult question to answer. The amount of time it takes to settle a case varies depending on the complexity of your case and injuries sustained because of the accident…

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