If you have suffered a whiplash injury you may find yourself wondering what the whiplash compensation average payout for 2018 is. Whilst you may find sources online which offer figures like these, they are actually unlikely to be accurate and are therefore largely unhelpful. That’s because there are so many different degrees of whiplash injury that it is almost impossible to say what the average whiplash settlement 2018 is. Minor whiplash injuries could mean you are able to make a claim for a small settlement, whereas chronic whiplash symptoms which persist for months or years could mean that you are eligible to claim a larger amount.
How does whiplash occur?
Although many people associate whiplash claims with car accidents, there are plenty of other types of accident in which you could suffer a whiplash injury. You could sustain a whiplash injury on a roller coaster or other theme park ride or even be injured whilst you are at work on a building site; you could fall from height or be injured by machinery. While most whiplash injuries are relatively minor, you may still wish to make a claim for compensation even if you have suffered minor injuries, as you may need to take time off work to recover, which can affect your earnings.
How much is the whiplash compensation average payout for 2018?
It’s understandable that you want to find out how much compensation you might be able to receive before you decide whether or not to proceed with a personal injury claim. However, because there is a vast difference between settlements, it is almost impossible to work out the whiplash compensation average payout for 2018. It is possible to get an idea of how much you could be entitled to claim by using an injury calculator, but not every calculator you will find online gives you accurate results. Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second calculator will ask you a few questions and give you a guideline as to what you could be eligible to receive, if your whiplash claim is successful.
How serious is your whiplash?
Whiplash is often described in grades of injury ranging from a Grade 0 injury (the least serious) to Grade 4 (the most serious). All of these grades involve a degree of neck injury, but secondary complications can affect the grade of the injury:
- Grade 0 – No or little pain and suffering
- Grade 1 – Whiplash with neck pain, but no further injuries
- Grade 2 – Whiplash with neck pain and musculoskeletal complications
- Grade 3 – Whiplash with neck pain and neurological damage
- Grade 4 – Whiplash with a fracture or dislocation in the spine
There is no such thing as an average whiplash injury, as you can see, which is why there is also no precise whiplash claims average payout 2018 available.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
The symptoms of whiplash can vary depending on the severity of your injuries, but usually include:
- Pain and stiffness in the neck
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
- Tenderness/pain in the shoulders, arms or upper back
- Pain getting worse when you move your neck
For most people, these symptoms will last for a few weeks at most, but if you are still suffering from ongoing pain, you may be experiencing chronic whiplash that will require physiotherapy or medical treatment of some kind, which is why it is so important to see your doctor.
What should you do after your accident?
If you have been hurt in an accident that has resulted in a whiplash injury, you should make sure that you seek medical advice for your injuries, as well as recommendations for treatment. Accident Advice Helpline’s lawyers will need to see evidence of your injuries and any medical treatment you received in order for you to be eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation. We will normally contact medical professionals involved in your treatment to obtain copies of your medical reports detailing your injuries and the treatment you received. We process all claims on an individual basis, which allows us to calculate your personal injury settlement according to your individual situation, rather than relying on hypothetical figures such as the average whiplash settlement 2018.
Are you eligible to claim compensation?
You should be eligible to claim compensation if you can answer ‘yes’ to the following questions:
- Have you suffered an injury?
- Was the accident somebody else’s fault?
- Did you seek medical attention for your injuries?
- Did your accident happen in the last three years?
If you have suffered a whiplash injury and you have any queries about the whiplash compensation average payout for 2018 you can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about making a claim. Every year, thousands of people contact us to make a claim for personal injury compensation and we have a great track record of success.
Will my claim be successful?
Just as it’s impossible to place an exact figure on the whiplash compensation average payout for 2018, it’s impossible for us to say whether or not your claim will be successful. But Accident Advice Helpline operates on a no win no fee basis, so although we’re unable to give you figures for the whiplash claims average payout 2018, what we can do is offer you a no win no fee service.
In other words, our lawyers don’t charge any upfront fees when you make a claim with us, which means that anybody can afford to claim personal injury compensation after their accident. If you have been injured by another party there’s a good chance your claim will be successful, and we tend to only take on claims which we think have an excellent chance of success.
Get in touch with us after your accident
If you’ve been injured and suffered whiplash, we want to do everything we can to help you get the compensation you are entitled to. You can get in touch with us at any point after your accident; most people call us when they are off work recovering from their injuries.
Remember that as well as claiming compensation for your pain and suffering, you could be entitled to compensation for your financial losses, like loss of earnings or private treatment costs. Stop worrying about what the whiplash compensation average payout for 2018 might be and get in touch with us today by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 5659.