Whiplash Compensation Claim Solicitors - Injury Lawyers - Australia

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Our specialist personal injury solicitors deal with whiplash injury compensation claims using the no win no fee scheme. We offer free advice without further obligation. If you would like to discuss a potential whiplash injury compensation claim with a qualified solicitor just call the helpline or complete the contact form or email our offices. A lawyer will take full details and will advise you there and then about liability and the estimated value of your award.

Mechanism of Injury

Whiplash injury is often simply referred to as a sprain or a strain of the neck or back. The medical term for whiplash injury is acceleration/deceleration syndrome. Whiplash injury is primarily caused by damage to the soft tissues in the neck which include nerve fibres, muscles, tendons and cartilage. Unfortunately even the smallest jolt to the neck can cause whiplash symptoms and more serious trauma can cause severe whiplash injuries. The mechanism of whiplash injury involves the neck being jerked forward or backward by severe acceleration or deceleration followed by a reflex response in the opposite direction which may stretch and damage nerves, muscles and tendons. The natural reflex reaction can also cause the cartilage between the vertebrae to bulge and/or tear putting pressure on the spinal cord which may result in severe discomfort whilst restricting normal movement. If you believe that you have sustained whiplash injury following an accident you may be entitled to financial compensation to cover pain, suffering and any related expenses.

Acceleration Deceleration Syndrome Symptoms

Whiplash symptoms are most associated with rear impact motor accidents however side impact collisions frequently cause similar injuries and this problem can also be associated with some sporting activities. At first the symptoms, which include stiffness, headaches and dizziness, may not seem serious but they can develop over a period of several days after the accident and if left untreated they may give rise to more severe symptoms in the future. Abnormal sensations such as burning and prickling may also occur. In some cases, victims can develop cognitive or psychological problems such as memory loss, impaired concentration, nervousness, irritability, insomnia, fatigue and even depression. A neck injury is potentially a serious problem and should always be handled with great care. Victims who believe that they have whiplash neck injury should seek medical advice as soon as possible following an accident.

Whiplash Diagnosis

Different factors may indicate the presence of this injury. Current symptoms as well as past medical records of the patient are taken into account. The extent of injuries may be established through physical and neurological examinations. Doctors may need to perform more extensive tests such as X-rays, CAT scans or MRI scan, should a patient develop the more severe symptoms. Imaging tests are indispensable for the assessment of any possible damage done to the muscles, ligaments or to the vertebrae of the spine.

We can arrange for you to visit an independent medical professional who can help assess your claim and provide private treatment at an early stage to help resolve the problems associated with acceleration/deceleration injury.

Whiplash Compensation Solicitors

Our experienced team of lawyers have expertise in handling personal injury compensation claims for those who have been involved in motor accidents. Our whiplash injury compensation claim solicitors work on a no win no fee basis. If you feel that talking with a specialist accident solicitor might be helpful then there is no better time to do so. Our experts talk in plain English and do not use any complicated legal jargon. We will answer your questions and provide you with the information you need to make your decision. Our advice is completely free and there is no obligation to use our services further. Just complete the claim form or use the helpline or email our offices and a personal injury solicitor will give you free advice.

LAWYER HELPLINE: 1800 224 077