The neck is a very vulnerable part of the body, in particular it is a high risk during a car accident. The flexibility of the neck and the rapid movement of the head during impact can cause very serious damage such as whiplash and neck injury. Injuries to the spinal vertebrae and back can have very serious long-term effects.
In whiplash claims in the absence of any broken bones, it can be very difficult to identify a neck injury on an X-ray or CT or MRI scan. Whiplash is often called a soft tissue injury because its symptoms and pain arise in the muscles of the neck and elsewhere in the body. Nonetheless, those living with whiplash pain can face a long recovery and may never be as they were before the car accident.
Whiplash pain comes with a range of symptoms that can help medical professionals arrive at a diagnosis. Their diagnosis is very helpful in making Whiplash claims.
If you have been in a car accident and feel you may have had a neck, back or whiplash injury, you must seek medical attention immediately.
While the normal medical profession’s common view of soft tissue injuries is that they are less severe than fractures, whiplash and other ligament, tendon and muscle injuries can actually be very severe and long-lasting. It can take hours and days after an accident for soft tissue damage to become fully apparent to the person involved in the accident. A doctor or specialist should determine if there are signs or symptoms of an additional spinal cord injury, and may recommend x-rays, a CT scan or MRI. Spinal injuries, such as ruptured or bulging discs and fractures require special care. For purely soft tissue, whiplash and related injuries physiotherapy, massage therapy, chiropractic treatment and exercise are often recommended.
Whiplash, back injuries and other soft tissue injuries can and very often take months to recover and it is best not to rush settlement of an injury claim.
An experience personal injury* solicitor, well versed in whiplash claims, will get for you the compensation that you fully deserve.
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