Do You Need To See A Doctor If Claiming For Whiplash?

Do You Need To See A Doctor If Claiming For Whiplash?

When you have suffered a whiplash injury following a car accident you might want to know whether you need to see a doctor? Do you need to see a doctor for medical reasons or must you see a doctor if you intend to pursue a claim for whiplash compensation? The purpose of this article is to discuss both of this issues.

Medical Reasons To See A Doctor If You Have A Whiplash Injury

Whiplash can be a relatively minor injury causing ongoing neck pain, back or shoulder pain, however, on occasions a whiplash injury might not be the actual cause of your pain and the only way to find out is to visit your doctor.

Usually if you have been involved in a rear end shunt where another vehicle has driven into your vehicle whilst stationary or moving slowly, the most common diagnosis and medical condition is whiplash.

However, if you have been involved in a fast accident, perhaps even a head on collision, sometimes a severe neck injury can occur including a factured neck. This might display itself in the form of severe neck pain which might be confused for whiplash. On occasions medical teams miss a fractured neck even if they X-ray the patient. If undetected a fractured neck can even lead to fatality.

Therefore, if there is any chance that the pain you are suffering from is more severe than a whiplash injury it is certainly worth seeing a doctor for a proper diagnosis. The doctor will be able to carry out a full examination, listen to the exact circumstances of your accident, and advise you whether you are suffering from a whiplash injury or organise a range for futher examinations such as X- rays or scans to confirm your injuries. The peace of mind that this brings for you will be well worth the visit and your time.

Seeing A Doctor As Part Of Your Whiplash Claim

The other reason that you need to see a doctor is because it confirms the time link from the accident to your sustaining a whiplash injury. If there is no documented evidence that your injury is linked to the car accident which leads you to make a whiplash claim, it might be more difficult to persuade the insurers that their driver caused your injury. Therefore, whilst it is not vital that you see a doctor as part of your immediate assessment following your car accident, it is extremely sensible both for medical and whiplash claim reason.


It is more important that you see a doctor for your physical well being than for anything to do with your whiplash compensation claim. Your health always has to be your primary concern. Therefore, if you have suffered an injury in an accident and you are experiencing ongoing pain it is well worth a trip to your local doctor.

If you do decide you want more information in order to pursue a whiplash compensation claim, we can help, but do please make visiting your doctor your main priority. See how much the average whiplash compensation claim amounts to, see how pre-existing conditions exacerbate whiplash injuries, or get in touch so we can answer any other questions you might have about your potential claim.

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Why You Must Act Now

If you have suffered an injury please contact us immediately. Failure to do so could cause your claim to fail or significantly reduce the chances of success for two reasons:

  1. The longer the period you leave before taking action, the less the chance of the success of your claim. This is due to the evidence required to connect the chain of events to prove that your injury was caused by the accident in question.

  2. The Legal Oracle specialists can only look after a set number of people who have been injured. This is because they aim to provide the highest standards of service and can only do this if they limit the number of people that they help. To give you the best chance of being helped by one of our solicitors get in touch with us immediately or we may not be able to help you.

Delay really can be fatal to your chances of success, so please contact us now and let us take care of you and your claim.

Call us free now on 0800 142 2775 for your free and instant claim assessment, or complete our enquiry form online.

What Happens Next?

You will be contacted by one of our specialist whiplash claim solicitors. They will explain whether they are able to help you with your whiplash claim. If they can, they will then take care of everything else for you. Being specialists, they know that you have already had enough stress following your accident, so they will make the whole process as simple as possible for you from that moment onwards.

This will include completing paperwork for you, arranging free replacement car hire and medical treatment, and generally taking really good care of you.

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