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Neck Pain Overnight Following Car Accident

After a car accident, certain injuries may not be noticed until some time later. Neck pain, in particular, can develop overnight and if it does, it can be a sign of whiplash – an injury that can be very serious depending on how long it lasts and when it is treated. If you are concerned about neck pain following a car accident, you should see a doctor without delay. Once your injuries have been treated, you should consider how the accident happened and whether you could be entitled to compensation. The solicitors at Jones Whyte Law have successfully dealt with many whiplash claims. Contact us today for a consultationand to find out if you are owed compensation.

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury that is caused by the sudden forward, backward or sideways movement of the head. It causes damage to the soft tissues in the neck. Symptoms of whiplash include:

  • neck pain;
  • headaches;
  • muscle spasms; and
  • pain in the arms and shoulders.

Whiplash symptoms tend to develop a few hours after the accident occurred, which is why you may only become aware of your injury overnight. As soon as you feel any of these symptoms, you should visit your GP and let them know how the injury occurred.

Whiplash symptoms can also come and go, and can be hard to predict, so we recommend that you keep a journal of your symptoms where they occur for the first time the night after your accident and at any time after that. This provides an accurate picture of how your injury is affecting you.

The Long Term Impact of Whiplash

Whiplash recovery time varies from a couple of weeks to several years. In serious cases, the injury can have an impact on your work, everyday tasks and recreational activities. Long-term symptoms can also affect your psychological health, for example leading to depression. Treating this type of injury can be costly, and you may need to take unpaid time off work during your recovery. A compensation award should take into account all the physical, emotional and financial consequences of the accident.

It is a good idea to keep a record of your financial loss as a result of your injury, for example for medical care and rehabilitation, travel, adaptations made to your home, child care and any other expenses directly related to your injury.

Are You Due Compensation?

You could be awarded compensation where the accident you were involved in was caused by another person’s or body’s negligence. To prove that another party is liable for your injury, it must be shown that they owed you a duty of care, that they breached that duty of care and because of that breach you were injured. If you think you are due compensation for a whiplash injury, contact our personal injury lawyers for advice. Once you tell us what happened, we will let you know if you have a valid claim. We know that no two cases are the same, so you can be confident you will receive expert, tailored advice for your situation.

Contact our Whiplash Claims Solicitors in Glasgow, Scotland Today

The team at Jones Whyte have extensive experience managing claims involving neck pain that develops overnight following a car accident. Injuries resulting from road traffic accidents affect everyone differently, and just because the symptoms of your injuries did not show immediately, that does not mean you cannot bring a claim. Contact us today for legal advice and assistance on 01413751222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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