A Whiplash Compensation Guide
Whiplash is a painful and debilitating injury caused by the muscles in the neck and shoulders straining further than they would normally go. It happens when a person’s head is thrown violently forward and backwards. The movement is similar to a whip crack, which is where the condition gets its name.
The Compensation Experts handle hundreds of queries about claiming compensation for whiplash every year. It is one of the most frequently reported injuries resulting from a road traffic accident as it can easily happen when a driver or passenger in a stationary or slow moving car is struck from behind by a vehicle in motion. A typical example is when a driver is waiting at a roundabout or a junction for their right of way, and they are hit in the rear by a vehicle who does not stop.
How to Make a Claim for a Whiplash Injury
The first step in claiming compensation for whiplash is to contact The Compensation Experts where you’ll speak to one of our trained legal advisors. They will go through all the details of your accident and talk to you about your injury before matching you with a personal injury solicitor who specialises in whiplash claims. It is important to work with a solicitor who specialises in this area for your claim to be as smooth and successful as possible.
For your claim to be valid, you will need to prove that you have genuinely been injured. An injury can normally be demonstrated from your medical notes, which is one reason why it is so important that you seek medical attention if you suspect you have whiplash. If you have any lingering symptoms, then your solicitor may arrange for you to have an independent medical assessment to add weight to your claim.
In addition to showing you were hurt, you also need to demonstrate that the other party was at fault. This can be done with a police report (you should always phone the police if there has been an accident where someone was hurt), and with diagrams or photos of the accident site, witness statements, and photos of your car and the other vehicle if you sustained your whiplash in an RTA.
It is still possible to claim compensation for whiplash even if you were partially responsible for the accident. An example of this could be if you ignored warning signs and walked across a wet floor, slipping and hitting your head; or if you were rear-ended in a traffic accident, but your brake lights were not working correctly. Cases such as these are termed “split liability” and mean that your compensation payment will be reduced by the proportion for which you are liable. If a judge rules you are 20% responsible, then you will receive 80% of the calculated compensation.
Whiplash Compensation Time Limits and Amounts
You have three years from the date of your accident or until your 21st birthday, if you were a minor at the time, to submit a claim for compensation. The amount you will receive takes account of the severity of your whiplash, the length of recovery time and lasting effects, whether you lost any money or had out-of-pocket expenses as the result of your accident. Your payment is also based on Judicial College compensation guidelines which analyse similar recent claims. Whiplash payments can range from around £800 for a mild case to more than £10,000 for victims who will suffer headaches and pain for the rest of their lives.
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Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last 3 years, due to someone else’s negligence, the short answer is yes.
Exceptions to this are for instance industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident you may have a longer period to claim.
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: extent of your injuries, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be keep up to date every step of the way.
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