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How long does Whiplash Last?

Whiplash is a painful and uncomfortable condition however long it lasts. However, each case is unique, and as such we can only offer guides as to how long it will last.

Why not contact us and learn how we can help you claim maximum compensation for your whiplash injury.

How long whiplash lasts depends on many different factors. Some of these are addressed below.

The individual
The age and general health of the victim can have an impact on the length of time it takes to recover. Again, the general activeness of the person involved can have a positive or negative reaction.

The accident
The circumstances of the accident can determine how serious the whiplash injury is, and how long it will take to recover. The most important factor is the position of the head and the head restraints – ideally the head should be close to the restraint which is set at the correct level height – at the time of impact. Other factors such as the angle of collision and the road conditions can play a part.

The severity
For obvious reasons, the severity of the injury itself has a direct relation on the amount of time it will take to recover. The figures below are a very rough guide and should not be used instead of seeking qualified medical advice about your injury.

Mild Whiplash Injury - can take two to three weeks to heal.
Moderate Whiplash Injury - can take up to six months.
Chronic Whiplash Injury - can take anything over six months to heal, if it ever does.

The risk of long term injury is relatively low. Whiplash is a tissue strain injury, and therefore on average takes a few months to fully heal. In some rare cases the symptoms can stay with the victim on and off for the rest of their life.

The length of time it takes to recover from whiplash can affect the amount of compensation you are entitled to after a crash. Find out more about the average claim for whiplash here.

Making a compensation claim

If you or someone you know has suffered whiplash in an accident that wasn't your fault then you can claim compensation through our team here at Ashley Ainsworth.

Call 08000 93 33 93 or contact us now and talk to one of our team about your injury.

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