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Whiplash is one of the most common injuries resulting from road traffic accidents. Whiplash is caused by the sudden impact of a road accident when the head is thrown back very quickly and violently. The after effects of whiplash can be distressing. Car crash victims often suffer whiplash injuries which can include varying degrees of neck pain, stiffness, headaches and shoulder and back pain.
Whiplash accident? Here's how we can help
Whiplash can disrupt your life. Sometimes the discomfort of a whiplash injury can last for a prolonged period and make life difficult and painful. When a whiplash accident was someone else's fault, it's your right to claim whiplash compensation. This is where we come in. We'll take care of your whiplash accident claim and make sure you're free to concentrate on getting back to full health. We'll organise all the paperwork involved in making a whiplash claim and use our personal injury expertise to get you the full whiplash accident compensation you're entitled to. Whether your whiplash injury is minor or severe, we'll make sure you receive the whiplash compensation that's rightfully yours. Remember, it's your civil right to make a whiplash claim when you're involved in a road traffic accident. Start your whiplash claim now and we'll put you back in the driving seat as soon as possible.
Need to make whiplash injury claims?
Often following a road traffic accident (RTA), various compensation claims will ensue, with one of the most common being for whiplash. Here we bring you a quick guide on all you need to know when making a whiplash compensation claim.
What is whiplash?
A whiplash accident occurs when one motor vehicle strikes another causing various forces to be transmitted from the striking vehicle to the one which has been struck. These forces will then in turn be transmitted to the occupants of the vehicle, where they have the potential to cause a whiplash injury. These types of injury are associated with road traffic accidents however you should note that whiplash type injuries can be sustained with any accident that involves trauma to the neck, shoulder or back.
What should I do following the accident?
The first thing you should do if you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident is to seek medical treatment. At this stage it’s important to ensure that no serious injury has been sustained during the accident.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
Often it can take some time after an accident before whiplash symptoms appear. In some instances this can take as much as a few weeks. Typical symptoms of whiplash to look out for include:
Other symptoms can also include tinnitus, pins and needles in your arms and hands, lower back pain and blurred vision.
Decrease in neck, back or shoulder mobility Headaches
What should I do?
If you feel you’re suffering from the symptoms of whiplash following a road traffic accident in which you were involved which wasn’t your fault, you should get in touch with a qualified solicitor who will act on your behalf. They will initiate a compensation claim against the party responsible for your injuries.
When choosing a solicitor it’s important to find one that has prior experience with dealing with whiplash injury claims for compensation.
How much compensation will I get following a whiplash claim?
There are guidelines which determine how much compensation you could receive for whiplash injury claims. They are as follows:
£750 to £2,850 if you make a complete recovery within one year
£2,850 to £5,150 if you make a complete recovery within two years
£5,150 to £9,000 for a moderately severe whiplash injury – which takes several years to recover from and which carries an increased risk of future vulnerability
£9,000 to £16,400 more severe injuries which may result in surgery and permanent symptoms
These brackets are intended as guidance only as each case and particular injury will be different. They are used in conjunction with previous case law to establish the value of your claim.
Can you claim for anything else?
As part of your whiplash compensation claim brought by your solicitor you can also claim for lost wages, travel expenses, medication, private medical treatment and any other reasonable expenses which have been incurred as a result of the accident.
How long will the claim take?
In most instances the claim can’t be settled until a medical expert has given their final opinion as to whether the victim has made a full recovery from their injuries, or that their symptoms won’t improve or deteriorate.
The time limit will therefore often be dependent on the severity of the case. However, the most straightforward cases may be settled within six to twelve month.