Derby whiplash compensation claim

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Case Study

H, male, a funeral director’s assistant, who was aged 19 years old at the date of the road traffic accident and 21 years old at the date of the trial, suffered a soft tissue whiplash injury to the neck, a soft tissue injury to the right, dominant shoulder, an exacerbation injury to the low back and symptoms of psychological travel anxiety. Immediately after the accident H was shocked and shaken up. Subsequently, H developed pain in the neck, right shoulder and lower back. H saw his GP with ongoing symptoms the day after the collision. He was diagnosed with  whiplash injuries and advised to take Paracetamol for pain relief. The pain in H’s neck was associated with stiffness. The pain radiated to the right shoulder. H’s initial physical symptoms were 7 out of 10 on the visual analogue scale, where 10 is the most intense pain. H’s symptoms were acute for a period of 2-4 weeks before starting to improve. Some months before the accident H had been involved in another road traffic accident in which he suffered a low back injury. The low back symptoms were still ongoing at a modest level at the time of this accident. After the index accident H’s low back symptoms were exacerbated for a period of3-4 weeks before returning to their pre-accident level. H did not take any time off work after the accident, but he was restricted to light duties for a period of 2 weeks. On examination 6 months after the accident H continued to experience occasional neck symptoms and intermittent symptoms spreading into the right shoulder. In particular, H was tender in his right trapezius muscle. He experienced discomfort at the extremes of all shoulder movement. Specifically, H reported that if he drove for more than an hour his shoulder ached and would continue to ache until about an hour after he stopped driving. The prognosis was that H’s intermittent neck symptoms would resolve within 9 months of the accident and his residual shoulder symptoms within 14 months. At trial, H confirmed that his symptoms had resolved in accordance with the expert’s prognosis. In addition, H suffered some mild symptoms of travel anxiety for 3-4 weeks after the accident. £2900.00 awarded.

Case Study

The claimant, a Highways Inspector, who was aged 43 years old at the date of the road traffic accident and 44 years old at the date of the trial, suffered a soft tissue whiplash injury to the neck and a soft tissue whiplash

injury to the low back. After the accident the claimant was shocked and shaken up, but he did not experience any immediate physical pain. A few hours after the collision, the claimant began to experience discomfort in his neck and lower back. The claimant’s sleep was disturbed on the night of the accident due to his ongoing symptoms. The next day the claimant awoke with increased discomfort in his neck and low back. The claimant took two days off work due to his on ongoing symptoms. During this time the claimant attended his GP and was diagnosed with soft tissue injuries to the neck and low back. Diclofenac was prescribed, which the claimant took every 4 hours for the next couple of days. The claimant was also advised to undertake back exercises. When the claimant returned to work the walking and computer work involved in his job exacerbated his low back symptoms for a few weeks. During this time the claimant had to take regular breaks to stretch his back muscles. The neck pain experienced by the claimant resolved after a week.

However, the claimant’s back pain remained constant. If the claimant walked, stood or sat for too long his back started to ache. After about a month the claimant’s low back pain started to ease off. At this time he still took painkillers on an as and when needed basis. The claimant continued to suffer intermittent low back pain which was generally worse in the morning when he first got out of bed. Due to the claimant’s ongoing low back symptoms he was unable to play golf or go the gym for a period of 3 months after the accident. On examination by the medical expert, some 3 months after the accident, the claimant still experienced ongoing pain and discomfort in his low back. Flexion was restricted to 90% of the normal range and extension was limited to 80% of normal. The prognosis was for the claimant’s ongoing low back injury to resolve within 7 months of the accident if he underwent physiotherapy treatment. The claimant followed the recommendation and received 8 sessions of physiotherapy. The physiotherapy was beneficial and the claimant’s low back injury started to settle. At trial, the claimant confirmed that he had recovered in line with the prognosis. Award £2150.

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