The aftermath of suffering whiplash injuries can be a daunting, unsettling and disturbing time. Understandably, people are extremely concerned when it comes to the physical health of essential body areas such as the head, neck and back – all of which are likely to be affected in an accident which results in whiplash symptoms.
Whiplash injuries are caused by the sudden movement of the head or neck. Though it is commonly linked with accidents on the road, whiplash can occur in any number of accidents, including slips, trips and falls that may initially look innocuous.
How long a whiplash claim takes to settle depends on the severity of your injuries, and the long-term effects these have on your everyday life.
How long will a whiplash claim take to settle?
Providing that the accident that caused the whiplash injuries was demonstrably the fault of someone else, occurred within the last three years and caused the resulting injuries, it’s important and reassuring to remember that you may be due some compensation.
Back in 2015, the then-Chancellor George Osborne outlined his intention to end the right to financial compensation for minor whiplash injuries and instead offer physiotherapy and injury treatment. However, this does not affect claims for significant whiplash injuries,
In terms of how long it will take a whiplash claim to settle, there are a number of variables to consider. In the most straightforward cases, where the other side admits liability and the value of the claim is uncontested, then the whole process can take as little as 4-7 months to complete. More complicated cases where, for example, establishing who is at fault requires investigation, or the injuries sustained require further treatment and assessment, may take up to a year to complete.
These timescales are not exact and each individual case is different, but they do give a general idea of how long the majority of whiplash claims take to settle.The most complicated elements of a whiplash claim are usually establishing liability and evaluating the extent of the injuries, pain and suffering of the victim.
What can I do in the aftermath of an accident that caused whiplash injuries?
The first step is to establish whether you have a claim to make. As we’ve seen, it can take some time to settle a whiplash claim so it’s best to start as soon as possible. At Accident Advice Helpline we work on a no-win, no-fee basis.
Accident Advice Helpline’s unique 30-second test will establish if you have a claim to make. Our expert advisors are also available on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.