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Causes of a Whiplash Injury: What are the causes of a whiplash injury and how do I make a compensation claim?

Causes of a whiplash injury: I was involved in a car accident a couple of years ago and since that time I have suffered from intermittent neck pain, which I think might be whiplash.

The accident was not my fault so would I be entitled to make a compensation claim.

Causes of a whiplash injury

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A: From the symptoms you describe you describe it sounds like you suffered a whiplash injury in your car accident.

What is a whiplash injury?

The spine is divided into a number of small bones called vertebrae. The upper vertebrae make up what is known as the cervical spine or neck and it is to this part of your spine that a whiplash injury can occur. Whiplash is damage to the cervical vertebrae or tissues, muscles or discs in the cervical spine.

Severe whiplash can cause the spinal vertebrae to crack.

What are the causes of a whiplash injury in a road traffic accident?

The three main causes of a whiplash injury in a motor vehicle collosion are:

1. A vehicle crashing into the rear of your car whilst you are wearing a seatbelt

A seatbelt in a rear end collision will stop your body moving forward, but not your head which will be jerked forward with force and then whip back again with force. It is this movement of your head forward and backwards which causes damage to your neck or cervical spine, which is known as whiplash.

2. A head on collision in your car is one of the causes of a whiplash injury

You can equally suffer whiplash when you head is forced backwards and then forwards as in a head on collision. If the head rest is positioned correctly in the car it should limit the extent of your head movement and so the damage to your neck.

3. A collision with a vehicle from the side is one of the causes of a whiplash injury

Once again if your head is forced side ways whilst the body remains stationary and then whips back you can suffer a whiplash injury.

Click symptoms of a whiplash injury to find out the pain you are likely to experience if you have suffered a whiplash neck injury.

Are there any other causes of a whiplash injury other than an accident involving a vehicle?

"Yes," there are many other causes of a whiplash injury which include: fairground ride accidents; sometimes a slip, trip or fall and sporting acccidents.

What you should do if you have suffered a whiplash injury in a United Kingdom road accident?

If the collision that you describe was not your fault - it is very important you act quickly to make a claim for whiplash compensation - you only have three years in the UK from the date of your accident to make a claim.

Click whiplash claims solicitor to know how to choose the best RTA lawyer to help you make a claim and click road traffic accident to see the compensation claims process in the UK for all manner of personal injury in road accidents including whiplash injuries.

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