Symptoms of whiplash usually appear either immediately or within the first couple of days after the accident and generally pass after a few days to a few weeks. However, in some serious cases symptoms can last beyond this period.
The consequences of whiplash range from mild pain to severe disability caused by restricted movement of the head or the cervical spine, sometimes with persistent pain. Whiplash symptoms can develop within a few hours and up to a maximum of one week. After this time it is difficult to link any symptoms to the accident and the cause of the pain may be disputed by the defendant's solicitor if you pursue a claim.