What to do if you sustain a neck injury

What to do if you get whiplashPain and stiffness in your neck and shoulders are the least of your worries if you get whiplash – you need to know what to do in order to recover quickly.

If you’ve been involved in an accident that has seen you developing the symptoms of whiplash – sore neck, stiff shoulders, headache, dizziness, poor balance, and even tingling or numbness in your arms – there’s a good chance that you’re feeling overwhelmed by your injury. However, there are some things that you can and should do in order to reduce your recovery time and make sure that you are compensated for your injuries – especially if they occurred through no fault of your own!

Don’t ever try to cope on your own

While you may think that whiplash is just a bit of a pain in the neck that goes away after a few days or weeks and that you don’t need to seek medical attention, you couldn’t be more wrong. Whiplash is a soft tissue injury, which means the consequences can be quite pronounced if you don’t receive the proper instruction from a qualified medical professional, and going it alone could lead to a much longer recovery time or your injuries becoming exacerbated.

Medical knowledge concerning how to treat whiplash injury has come leaps and bounds over the years, and not seeking out medical advice is doing yourself a disservice. For example, the most widely-regarded way to treat whiplash for years has been to immobilise the neck during recovery, but modern medical research has found that doing so can actually increase the amount of time it takes to recover from whiplash; instead, modern treatments involve encouraging range of movement, doing away with neck immobilisation as an obsolete treatment method – and there are a myriad of other updated treatments that you’d be missing out on if you don’t go to your GP.

Next stop: the solicitor

If you’ve got a bad case of whiplash that is so painful and debilitating that you can’t work while you recover, you’re losing valuable resources. In the current economy, you can’t afford to take time off from work without pay, but you can recover some of your financial losses by visiting a personal injury solicitor who specialises in whiplash injury cases to remedy the issue – especially if you weren’t at fault for the injury that caused your whiplash in the first place!

Even if you only miss a few days or weeks from work, it’s important to make up for every single financial shortfall, which means that you shouldn’t be shy in finding a qualified, reputable personal injury law firm for legal advice. The majority of law firms specialising in personal injury will not charge you a single pound up front if they take your case, as the ‘no win no fee’ conditional fee arrangement allows you to marshal your dwindling funds and put them towards more important things, such as bills and rent, which is a major boon when it comes down to ways to make your money stretch as far as it can when you’re out of work.

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