What Is Whiplash?

 

Whiplash is a non-medical term used to describe neck pain which has resulted from a soft tissue injury to the neck. It is a common injury that is caused by a traumatic incident such as a car accident, where in the neck is extended beyond its typical range of motion causing an abrupt forward backward movement to the spine. This form of injury can cause significant pain and disability.

So, what are the symptoms of whiplash? What are some ways to treat it? How can you be sure that you are taken care of? There are a lot of questions to be answered for those who are suffering from whiplash. Hopefully, you will find most of the answers you are looking for here.

 

What Are the Symptoms of Whiplash?

The symptoms of your whiplash will depend on the severity of it. Some people hardly experience any symptoms at all, while some suffer from severe pain and symptoms. Typically, pain and symptoms can arise between 6 and 12 hours after the accident, and can often worsen over more time.

Some of the more common symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Pain and stiffness in the neck area
  • Swelling and tenderness in the neck and shoulders
  • Immobility in the neck area
  • Muscle spasms
  • Numbness or the feeling of pins and needles in the arms and hands
  • Dizziness and weakness
  • Headaches

 

If you experience fatigue, dizziness, or vertigo (feeling as if you are spinning even if you are standing still), or your symptoms begin to worsen, then you should seek medical attention immediately.  It is extremely important to be checked by a doctor as you could be experiencing something more serious than whiplash.

 

What Treatments Can Help With Whiplash?

Whiplash, like other sprains and strains of muscles, will take time to heal. Some treatments that can be effective are:

  • Wearing a soft cervical neck brace or collar for comfort and limited movement.
  • Do gentle neck exercises to increase mobility and range of motion.
  • Take anti-inflammatory medicine to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Use an ice pack to reduce inflammation.
  • Staying active can reduce healing time, though keeping activities mild and not overdoing it is imperative.
  • Massage and physio can also be helpful.

 

If you have suffered from an accident resulting in whiplash and need help covering your medical expenses, contact us today. You may be entitled to partial or full compensation. We care about your health and safety and will do what we can to help. Call us on 1800 695 299.

 

 

 

What Support And Compensation Can I Access While On WorkCover?

WorkCover is a form of insurance available for employees that are injured at work or travelling to work. The Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003  (the Act)  establishes a workers’ compensation scheme for Queensland, providing benefits relating to workplace injuries or fatalities, and insurance for employers.  The Act states that employers must insure their workers with WorkCover Queensland under an Accident Insurance Policy.

Work Cover is a ‘no fault’ scheme, so despite who or what caused the injury it allows Queensland workers to make a claim and access benefits if they sustain a work-related injury or illness.

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Know Your Compensation Rights in a Motor Vehicle Accident Claim

Motor vehicle accidents can result in serious injuries and financial hardship. It’s essential to be aware of your compensation rights if you are involved in an accident that was not your fault. The claim process for motor vehicle accidents can be frustrating and confusing.

An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you navigate the various complexities involved in the entire claim process and ensure your rights are protected.

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Why You Need Experts to Negotiate an Injury Settlement

In many cases, the simplest way to resolve a personal injury claim is through settlement. However, accepting a settlement from the other party without consulting a lawyer is risky. The settlement offered may fall short, resulting in the claimant waiving the right to legitimate entitlements.

Injury settlements should be negotiated by personal injury lawyers from both sides to ensure everyone meets their obligations and that the claimant is appropriately compensated.

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What You Need to Know about Defending Your Rights in a Workers’ Compensation Claim

If you are injured as a result of your work, you may be eligible for compensation. This includes physical and psychological injuries or illnesses sustained at work, as well as any medical costs, ongoing treatment, rehabilitation, disability compensation, loss of income or other damage related to the injury.

Laws in Queensland exist to ensure workers are appropriately compensated if they are injured at work. There are two main pathways when making a workplace injury claim – worker’s compensation and common law claims. Below, we’ll be looking at workers’ compensation and the importance of engaging a compensation lawyer to manage the process.
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If You Have an Accident in a Public Place, How Do You Claim Compensation?

When you’re out in a public place, like a local park, you can expect a reasonable level of safety. For example, you expect playground equipment to be well-constructed or for the roof above you to be structurally sound.

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What Public Liability Really Means For Compensation

Public liability refers to laws that cover compensation for injuries in public areas and on private property. Making a public liability claim requires you to demonstrate that your injury occurred as a result of someone else’s carelessness or negligence.

It’s difficult to outline the compensation process for public liability claims as each situation is unique. It generally involves trying to show fault for an accident in order to secure monetary compensation for past and future medical expenses, loss of earnings and other related expenses.

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Compensation Claim Issues in the Hospitality Sector

Restaurants, cafes, clubs, hotels and events are all part of the hospitality sector, an industry full of hazards for both workers and customers. Sharp objects, open flames and large, congested crowds are common features of these places, capable of causing serious injury.

Both workers and customers injured in a hospitality venue or workplace may be eligible to claim compensation to cover medical costs, lost earnings and loss and suffering. There are different processes for making a claim, depending on whether the claimant is a worker or a guest. We’ll explain hospitality compensation processes and issues below for workers, guests and businesses.

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“Host Employment” Compensation When Working Through a Labour Hire Company

Labour hire companies are emerging as a dominant force in the Australian labour market, with many businesses displacing their directly employed and permanent staff with hire-in personnel.

Businesses benefit from the reduced risk and responsibility to offer continued work for employees. However, many labour hire workers are left wondering what their rights are, particularly if they sustain a work-related injury. The good news is that labour hire workers still have rights in these circumstances and are just as entitled to compensation as other workers.

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Seek Legal Help before Making a Claim against an Employer

Despite everyone’s best efforts, workplace disputes and conflicts between employees and employers can be impossible to avoid. Aside from causing a lot of stress, disputes can have serious legal and financial consequences for both parties.

Disputes can arise from a number of situations, including conflicts over terms and conditions of employment, workers’ compensation, unfair dismissal, discrimination and harassment. If you are an employee thinking about taking action against your employer over a workplace dispute, it is crucial that you get legal advice.

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Should I Accept a Settlement For An Injury Claim?

The majority of personal injury claims are resolved through settlement. But how do you know when to accept a settlement offer? While it’s a bit more straightforward to determine an appropriate amount of compensation to cover medical expenses and wages, things get more complex when you’re trying to put a monetary value on loss and suffering

For many claimants, an appropriate settlement offer is a matter of opinion. In some cases, they rightfully believe their claim is worth more than is being offered and, other times, they believe it’s worth more than it actually is.

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Dog Attack Claims – When Can You Claim?

Dog attacks can be frightening experiences that often lead to serious physical or psychological injuries. If you have suffered a dog bite or injury, it’s essential you receive appropriate medical treatment immediately after the attack.

In some cases, the owner of the attacking dog can be held liable. The kind of compensation owed to the victim and whether the owner is fined or prosecuted for an offence depends on the circumstances of the attack.

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Why Workers’ Compensation Can Be So Difficult For Claimants

Workplaces are required by law to be insured for workers’ compensation so they are financially protected if employees sustain an injury related to their job. These compensation claims operate on a no fault basis, with the insurer (usually WorkCover Queensland) paying medical costs and wages regardless of what caused the injury.

It sounds so straightforward, yet injured workers often experience significant difficulties when making work-related injury claims. These difficulties can arise from their dealings with insurers or from pursuing the more complex common law claims for damages.

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What Does “No Win, No Fee” Really Mean?

“No win, no fee” cost agreements are a unique way to offer legal services to those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it. Put simply, a lawyer’s payment is contingent on a successful outcome. The idea is that people who can’t afford to pay legal fees are not deterred from pursuing a claim.

However, these agreements can operate in a variety of ways depending on the firm. You’d be forgiven for thinking that the arrangement simply means that if you don’t win, there is nothing to pay. This isn’t always the case. There are important details and considerations you should be aware of.

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