A whiplash definition to help you claim compensation
It’s one of those terms that’s widely bandied around, but poorly understood. If you’re wondering about a whiplash definition, it’s a kind of injury to the neck that occurs when it jerks suddenly backwards, forwards or sideways.
It can become quite hard to move normally, and those who have these injuries may also experience headaches and stiffness and pain in the neck.
One NHS study found that while most patients recover within 32 days, a fifth are still experiencing the symptoms up to twelve months afterwards. Some of those with chronic whiplash may suffer from anxiety or depression or another stress-related condition as a direct result.
If you’re interested in a whiplash definition, that may be because you’ve seen a number of press reports about insurance fraud and false claims for whiplash injury compensation.
It’s true it’s an area of the law the government is reforming, despite the fact that the number of claims is actually falling, while the Shadow Justice Minister Andy Slaughter has explained that only 7% of whiplash claims are reckoned to be fraudulent.
Equally, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers reported that nearly 90% of those who said they had whiplash had their claim verified by a medical professional, while approaching half (47%) said they made out their symptoms were not as bad as they really were, for fear of “causing a fuss”.
Wondering about a whiplash definition in terms of injury compensation?
Whiplash injury compensation is money you can claim if you’ve been affected
by an accident that wasn’t your fault and which happened no more than three years ago.
You can claim it if you were involved as a pedestrian, cyclist or driver, or on a motorbike at the time.
The amounts awarded vary considerably, and depend on the severity of the injury, how it has affected your life and how long it takes to recover.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we’ve been working in this area of personal injury law for the last 14 years. We can help you claim the maximum amount of whiplash injury compensation to which you are lawfully entitled.
We are backed by consumer campaigner and television star Esther Rantzen. What’s more, because we work under a no win no fee arrangement, it doesn’t cost you a thing to begin the process. Start the ball rolling by talking to us in confidence today.
Call us now on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: 11th July 2014
Author: Jan Newell