Whiplash compensation claims are one of the most common personal injury claims made by people involved in road traffic accidents. A whiplash injury is caused by a sudden forwards and backwards movement which causes the soft tissue of the spine to stretch. Whiplash can also include damage to the neck muscles and ligaments, as well as pain to the back and shoulders.
Although most commonly caused by road traffic accidents, a whiplash injury can also be caused by many other types of accident, including slips and trips. Whatever type of accident you have had, if you have suffered whiplash as a result of the accident, and the accident was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a whiplash compensation claim. It is not uncommon for the symptoms of a whiplash injury to go undetected for several hours, or in some cases several days after an accident. This is due to your body’s adrenalin kicking in after an accident, which can suppress the pain and affect of a whiplash injury.
The severity and recovery time for a whiplash injury can vary significantly from person to person. In some cases a person may make a complete recovery from a whiplash injury within a couple of weeks, whereas some people may take several months or years to recover from a whiplash injury. In extreme cases a whiplash injury can even cause permanent damage.
The amount of compensation you may receive for your whiplash injury claim will depend largely on the severity of the injury. Our specialist whiplash lawyers will assess your injury based on medical records to determine how long the neck injury has lasted, or in cases where the injury is ongoing, how long it is likely to take for you to recover from the injury. Whiplash compensation amounts will also vary depending on the impact the injury has on your day-to-day life.
In very general terms, whiplash compensation can be:
Minor Whiplash – £1,000 to £6,000
Moderate Whiplash – £6,000 to £15,000
Severe Whiplash – £15,000 to £90,000
However, it is impossible to give an accurate estimate of how much your whiplash compensation could come to without knowing the details of the accident and injury. There may also be additional factors to consider, such as any losses (including lost earnings, travel expenses and medical expenses) that will affect the total value of your whiplash claim.
If you have suffered a whiplash injury as a result of an accident which was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a no win no fee whiplash accident claim. We can provide you with free legal advice from a personal injury solicitor who will be able to discuss your whiplash injury and help you through the process of making a claim for whiplash. All of our solicitors work on a no win no fee basis and can help you make a claim without taking a financial risk.