If you have suffered a whiplash injury in a road traffic accident then you can claim compensation and Accident Advice Helpline can help.
What are whiplash injuries?
A whiplash injury occurs when the neck and head snap backwards or forwards as the result of an impact accident or sudden braking in a car crash. The severity can vary depending on the power of the impact but the injury affects the soft tissue in the neck and can cause pain and restrict movement in the arms, shoulders, back and neck and can develop into a more intense pain after a few days of inflammation.
It is so named because the quick movement in the head is like the cracking of a whip and its effect on the cervical spine is like a lash.
What are the compensation levels
The severity of your whiplash injury will determine the amount of money that you can expect to receive as the result of a claim. This generally depends on the amount of time it takes to make a recovery from the pain. The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers published a survey in 2012 which revealed that 13 per cent took a couple of days to recover, 25 percent took a couple of weeks and 20 percent took more than one year for symptoms to clear.
The factors to consider then are the length of time you suffer from the injury and the effect that it has on your life and work.
For minor injuries with moderate symptoms:
- Full recovery between weeks and one year – around £750 to £2,500
- Full recovery within 2 years – around £2,500 to £4,600
- Moderate injury where the symptoms continue for longer than 2 years and there is an uncertain prognosis going forward – £4,200 to £7,500
- Severe injuries where pain continues indefinitely – between £7,500 and £14,000
- Severe injuries which lead to permanent disability can be anywhere from £30,000 to £85,000
- Severe injuries which lead to paraplegia or permanent loss of movement – around £100,000
Since all cases are unique there is no way to predict exactly the minimum compensation for whiplash you will receive, but the above is a safe guideline and in the case of a minor injury you can expect at least £750 in compensation.
How can I claim compensation?
If the injury was in the last three years and was someone else’s fault then you might be eligible for compensation.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on our freephone number and speak to one of our friendly advisors to see if your claim is something that you can pursue. If so, our legal team has years of experience dealing with road traffic compensation claims, so you can relax in the knowledge that we will deal with your case efficiently with our no-win no-fee* service.
Call us today on Freephone number 0800 689 0500 to speak with a friendly advisor and start the claims process.