Clough & Willis Solicitors, Commercial and private legal services UK

What is “Whiplash”?

Whiplash is a word used to describe a neck injury caused by a sudden forwards, backward or sideways movement of the head. Whiplash is basically the mechanism by which an injury is caused. The movement of the head damages the ligaments and tendons in the neck causing a sprain (overstretching of a ligament) and this strain can often take a long time to heal.

How Common is Whiplash?

Whiplash is a common injury that often occurs in a road traffic accidents, when a crash jolts the head backwards before it then "whips” forwards. These crashes do not have to be severe for a person to develop whiplash, with neck pain and associated injuries often developing following minor, very low speed crashes. Any incident, not only road crashes, which causes a jolt to the head can lead to whiplash injuries.

What are the Symptoms?

The symptoms of whiplash injuries vary but can include:

  • Neck pain
  • Stiffness
  • Loss of movement
  • Headaches
  • Muscle spasms
  • Sickness
  • Shoulder and arm pain
  • Pins and needles in the fingers (paresthesia)

How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Whiplash Injury?

If the accident causing the injury was not your fault then you can claim compensation. The amount of compensation depends upon the severity of your symptoms and, predominantly, upon how long your symptoms last. Minor whiplash injuries, where the symptoms are moderate and there is a full recovery between a few weeks and a year will be worth less than those injuries where recovery takes 2 years or more.

Apart from the injury itself compensation is also payable for other things, for example:

  • Medical costs (prescription charges, physiotherapy treatment etc)
  • Care and Assistance (where you need help from friends and family with household chores or personal care)
  • Loss of Earnings
  • Out of pocket expenses (travelling costs, postage etc)

Operating on a "No win - No Fee" basis I have extensive expertise to enable you to recover the compensation award to which you are entitled. To arrange your free initial interview please contact Chris Macwilliam, on freephone 0800 083 0815 or by email

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