Whiplash injuries are very common after car accidents. If you suffer such an injury as a result of a road traffic accident caused by someone else, you can file a personal injury compensation claim. But, as with any other personal injury claim, you need to prove that another person is responsible for your injury.
Since we are talking about a car accident, make sure you call the emergency services and ask for a complete medical report that mentions all the injuries you suffered. Also, try to get the contact details of the people who witnessed the accident and take photographs of the scene. Having a complete medical report, eyewitnesses on your side, and photographs, can help you get maximum whiplash compensation.
Proving that the other driver is legally responsible for your car accident
Before making your claim, you must demonstrate that the other driver is at fault. For this, you must prove that he or she has committed a driving error. Most drivers at fault for a crash are more likely to admit their fault within several minutes after the accident. Thus, try to ask the other driver if the accident happened due to his or her negligence right after the accident. If the driver admits his or her fault, draw witnesses’ attention to this matter. If the driver does not admit the fault, the best thing to do is to report the accident to the police. Police officers can more easily determine who is to blame for the accident.
Do you have to see a doctor?
Seeing a doctor is not necessary if the other driver admits liability. In this case, the at-fault driver’s insurance company may make you a compensation offer, which is meant to settle the matter quickly, without taking it to the courts. Although this is the easiest way to get compensation for your whiplash injury, you can obtain a higher amount if your case goes to the court.
Even if you decide to accept the offer of the insurance company, the professionals working at Accident Advice Helpline still recommend that you seek medical attention. The reason for this is that only a doctor can diagnose your injuries correctly and prescribe adequate treatment to help you recover as quickly as possible. Furthermore, having a comprehensive medical report is very important if you decide to claim compensation for whiplash.
How much can you claim?
Whiplash compensation is available to anyone involved in a car accident. The only things you have to prove are that your whiplash injury is a result of that particular car accident, and the accident was not your fault. Once you have a detailed medical report that sustains your claim, you should approach a solicitor who can help you obtain rightful compensation.
Whiplash injury claim amounts usually range:
- Between £750 and £4,250 for minor and moderate whiplash injuries
- Between £4,250 and £7,750 for moderately severe whiplash injuries
- Between £7,750 and £13,750 for severe whiplash injuries
Obviously, these are rough estimates. To find out how much you can actually get, you should approach Accident Advice Helpline where you can talk to an experienced solicitor.
Date Published: September 24, 2013
Author: David Brown