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Whiplash occurs where the head is forced to accelerate forwards, backwards, or sideways. This sudden movement could strain the ligaments and tendons in the neck and upper back, typically resulting in pain and stiffness. If you recognise the symptoms of whiplash following a road accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to whiplash compensation.

How much money is my claim worth?Complete the contact form, or call 0800 888 6 888

Overall the service I received from Hampson Hughes was second to none. The Solicitor dealing with my claim always kept me up to date and worked very hard to achieve the best results.
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Whiplash symptoms

You are at risk of suffering a whiplash injury even in the event of a relatively low speed accident – this is because the speed at which the head moves could be amplified by the whipping motion of the neck. If you recognise any of the following whiplash symptoms, contact our dedicated team of personal injury solicitors today for expert advice and guidance on beginning your whiplash claim.

Whiplash symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Jaw ache
  • Headaches
  • Stiffness
  • Mid back pain
  • Uneven posture
  • Lower back pain
  • Disturbed sleep or insomnia
  • Muscle spasms in the neck and shoulders
  • Neck pain that extends into the upper arms

Understanding whiplash

Head-on collision

1. The head ‘whips’ forwards – a correctly fitted seatbelt should halt the body’s forward motion. However, even at a low speed the head will likely whip forwards.

2. The head ‘whips’ backwards – the body rebounds to its original seated position. The head is whipped backwards, often striking the headrest with considerable force.

Rear impact

1. The head ‘whips’ backwards – the force of a rear impact causes the body to accelerate forwards. The head will typically whip backwards, striking the headrest.

2. The head ‘whips’ forwards – the seatbelt causes an abrupt deceleration of the body, whipping the head forwards. This phase of whiplash is often the most damaging.

Whiplash claim time limit

We advise speaking to us as soon as you believe that you may be entitled to whiplash compensation. Any cause for delay in beginning your whiplash injury claim may be taken into account regarding your claim time limit. For further information, please see What is the personal injury claim time limit? or contact us today for instant answers and peace of mind.

Whiplash claims – expert advice

If you recognise the symptoms of whiplash following a road accident, you could be entitled to maximum personal injury compensation. Depending on the details of your whiplash injury, we may also be able to help you to access expert medical care as part of your claim. For further information on the types of rehabilitation support that could be available, please see My rehabilitation.

To begin your whiplash claim, contact us today for your FREE no-obligation consultation.
Call 0800 888 6 888 or email

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