Are you looking for a whiplash compensation average payout for 2017? While some sources might provide figures in answer to this query, it isn’t likely they would be that useful. Some people who suffer from whiplash injuries (typically occurring in a car accident) receive small sums because their whiplash injury is mild. However, the other end of the scale sees much larger awards given to those whose whiplash has lasted many months and is determined to be chronic whiplash.
It’s understandable that you’d want to know what you could receive if you’ve suffered whiplash in a car accident someone else was responsible for. However, the amount you receive if your claim is successful may be very different from the amounts given online.
Is there such a thing as a whiplash compensation average payout for 2017?
In theory, you could add together all the whiplash awards issued during one year and divide them by the total claims made. This would give you the average you are looking for. However, as we have seen, the lower awards made could be significantly different from the biggest awards made because people suffer different injuries which result in different claims and awards.
This means any whiplash compensation average payout for 2017 you could calculate in this way would not reflect the varying circumstances and individual awards received by people who have suffered from whiplash. It also makes it clear how important it is to seek proper legal advice if you have suffered whiplash in a car accident so that your claim is handled properly and the right amount is claimed for. Luckily, as the UK’s largest personal injury specialist law firm, here at Accident Advice Helpline we have a vast amount of experience to help you.
The varying degrees of whiplash
Whiplash is often described in terms of degrees or grades of injury. All of the grades revolve around the neck, as this is generally where damage is received, but the secondary complications are often where the grading comes in. Here is one way in which whiplash injuries are graded:
- Grade 0 – a whiplash injury which involves no or very little pain and suffering
- Grade 1 – a whiplash injury with neck pain but no further injuries
- Grade 2 – a whiplash injury with neck pain and musculoskeletal complications
- Grade 3 – a whiplash injury with neck pain and neurological damage
- Grade 4 – a whiplash injury with a fracture or dislocation in the spine
As you can see, there is no such thing as an average whiplash injury which is why there is also no such thing as a reliable whiplash compensation average payout for 2017 or any other year. If you are hurt in a car accident or any other type of accident and sustain whiplash, your focus should be on medical treatment and recovery. Once that is taken care of you can use your medical records as the basis for your claim. Don’t forget, you have three years from the date of your accident to claim.
Other causes of whiplash
Of course, it is not just car accidents that cause whiplash injuries. Any accident which involves the violent or unexpected jolting of the neck and spine can cause whiplash. An example of this could be an accident on a roller coaster or other theme park rides. Likewise, working on a building site is often a dangerous profession and you may have been hurt by heavy machinery or a fall from a roof or scaffolding. Many people believe whiplash is solely caused by road traffic accidents either as a driver or passenger, but this is not the case.
Any accident in which a person’s head is forcefully thrown backwards and then forwards (or the other way round) can cause significant damage to the spine, muscles, disks between the bones, nerves, ligaments, and other tissues of the neck. If you have suffered a neck injury that was caused by another party, you could very well have the right to make a no-win, no-fee claim with us without having to worry about the whiplash compensation average payout for 2017.
Receiving the right whiplash compensation amount for you
You should always get proper medical advice as soon as you can if you suspect you have whiplash. This ensures you will get a proper diagnosis and recommendations for treatment, but it also forms an official record of your injury. When a claim is made on your behalf by Accident Advice Helpline, we need to make sure we have all the details and we are claiming the correct amount. After all, someone who has suffered a case of chronic whiplash should certainly receive a more significant financial award than someone who simply had a sore neck for a couple of days, however inconvenient that can be.
When you contact our helpful team of advisors, you can certainly enquire about the whiplash compensation average payout for 2017, but it is much better to get straight to the facts of your case so that we can put together an effective claim. Every case we take on is very much focused on the individual and you are much more important to us than any average figure.
Find out whether you can claim for whiplash injuries today
If you have experienced whiplash in a car accident or any other kind of accident in the last three years, there is still time to see if claiming may work out for you. You can take the online test provided by Accident Advice Helpline here on our website to start the ball rolling and get some immediate answers.
The whiplash compensation average payout for 2017 may not be easy to find, and it isn’t that useful, as we’ve seen. Yet a call to our team at 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, could prove very useful indeed. Accident Advice Helpline has personal injury lawyers who have successfully concluded whiplash claims for many others already. Could we do the same for you as well? Call now to find out.
Date Published: February 7, 2017
Author: Rob Steen