How to Identify Side Impact Whiplash

Side impact collisions mostly occur in cases when a vehicle does not give way at an intersection or roundabout. It can also happen if they try to leave a parking space or a driveway without having ascertained whether it is safe to do so. After head on collisions, this type of accident is the most common motoring accident.

Considering that these accidents usually occur at fairly low speeds, serious whiplash can still occur as a result of the impact. Soft tissue in the neck can be damaged. Muscles, tendons and ligaments in the neck have to take the strain as the neck is whipped unexpectedly from side to side.  This can cause a lot of damage.

Those who suffer from a side impact whiplash injury are eligible to make a claim for compensation.

The symptoms of whiplash

Just as with head-on collisions, whiplash that has occurred as a result of a side impact crash can cause a lot of pain and distress to sufferers.

The first pain that the victim will most likely notice is a pain in the neck and head. As times goes on, the muscles, tendons and ligament pain will become more noticeable and the neck will be restricted in movement and stiff. This pain could spread to the upper back and shoulders.

In serious cases, the symptoms can get progressively worse for months and even years. A chiropractor should be the first port of call for whiplash victims. Without treatment, the injury could get worse.

Whiplash injuries have been as the news recently, and insurance companies are cutting down on the payments that they make for them. It’s important to provide medical evidence in order to prove that the injury is in fact authentic. This evidence might be in the form of a medical report from a doctor, test results and a diary that records the amount of pain that is suffered on a daily basis.

Sufferers of whiplash who have had to endure pain and suffering from no fault of their own are entitled to claim for financial compensation. They will of course, be required to provide medical evidence that supports their claim.

A competent and experienced lawyer who is knowledgeable in the area of whiplash claims will be able to help you to receive the compensation that you deserve.  For a free, non-obligatory chat with one of our experienced and friendly lawyers, call us on xxxx today. We can help to guide you on your journey for securing compensation.

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What Every Employee Should Know About Working At Height

Working at height, even a low height, can add a considerable amount of risk of injury for the employee. Health and safety should be a major consideration at all times by both the employee and the employer.

Even working at very low heights, such as standing on a stool or a ladder can put the worker into a broken bone situation if there is a fall. At best, it could be a case of a pulled muscle as a result. Those who work on roofs, scaffolding and with guttering are well aware of how dangerous it can be when you are tens of feet above the ground.

Health and Safety Regulations

This is why there are so many health and safety rules for people who have to work at height. There is even a particular piece of legislation that was put together purely for this situation – Working at Height Regulations 2005.  The content of this legislation clearly states that employers must protect their employees from injuries caused by falls.

What if you fall?

If you do fall from a height, then you should make a claim for compensation.  However, you will have to prove that there was more that your employers could have done to prevent your fall from happening. You could well be covered by their insurance.

What about work equipment?

Much of whether you can make a claim for compensation will be based on whether your work equipment is suitable for the tasks that you are required to do. If it is defective, deemed not fit for the task or unsafe in any way, then your employers could be held responsible and liable. For example, if you were provided with the wrong type of ladder for a task and this caused you to fall, then you can make a claim. If scaffolding is not put together properly and it came apart when you put your weight on it, then that can also be reason enough to make a claim.

Work equipment includes personal protective equipment

Workers are quite often supplied personal protective equipment. This is provided to help prevent a fall from height.  This may include harnesses. The harness has to be maintained and inspected regularly. If there is any wear or tear or it is not in good condition, then it should be replaced. Any footwear that you’re provided with should be of good quality so that you do not slip or trip.

You should also receive the appropriate training to keep you safe.

If you have been involved in a fall from height that is no fault of your own, then you could be eligible to make a claim. Contact us today.

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