Whiplash claims - What you need to know after an RTA or car accident

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Whiplash is one of the most common injuries related to an RTA or car accident. Whiplash as an injury was originally linked to train collisions, mainly because in the 1920’s the amount of vehicles on the road was significantly lower. Trains were the key type of transport for cargo and people and the first case of whiplash as an injury was officially reported in 1919 after a train collision.

Obviously nowadays we are traveling more often and much quicker that in the early 20th century. This increases the chances of an RTA and whiplash can occur even in a small collision leading whiplash and more whiplash claims. Common symptoms of whiplash are:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain (lower back or upper back pain depending on your position in the vehicle at the time of the car accident)
  • Pins and needles
  • Headaches

Due to our experience in whiplash claims we know that whiplash symptoms can appear after the RTA or in the next few days. That is one of the reasons why whiplash is difficult to diagnose and is usually simply ignored by RTA victims, at least at first. People usually feel fine right after the car accident. But over the next few days they may start to feel a pain (usually in morning or late evening), feel unwell or develop a sleep disorder. Those are the symptoms of whiplash and they should not be ignored as whiplash ought to be treated in order avoid ‘chronic whiplash syndrome’. Chronic whiplash syndrome will need to be treated by a specialist physiotherapist and the recovery process is much longer than if you were to recover from whiplash that is treated effectively straight after a car accident. The best forms of treatments for whiplash are rest and massages.

Because of the nature of whiplash injury people involved in a car accident should not go to school or work after the accident even if they do not feel any symptoms as yet. After an RTA we usually advise our clients to take three days off their main duties and then to return to school or work whilst continuing with their whiplash treatment and whiplash claims.

Whiplash injuries and claims are covered by motor insurance policies, so if you are ever involved in a car accident, you need to get yourself seen by a doctor right away and have a few days’ rest. If gone untreated whiplash symptoms can stay with you for over 12 months. Note you may be entitled to compensation as whiplash is a real injury. In the UK insurance companies are dealing with over 400,000 whiplash claims every year.


If you have recently had a car accident or type of RTA, talk to us about how we can help you with whiplash claims. Contact us today.