Whiplash is probably one of the most widely known types of personal injuries. This is much to do with the misconceptions about whiplash and reports about fraudulent whiplash compensation claims. In all seriousness, whiplash is a common result of many accidents and can have very painful and long-lasting effects.
If you have suffered from whiplash then you should not be put off from claiming because of fears about being associated with the stereotypes surrounding whiplash.
What you need to remember is that if you have a genuine injury which has caused you pain and/or a disability and it is the result of an accident you had no part in causing then you deserve compensation.
You can use the services of an accident solicitor in Fleet, if this is where you live, to help you make a claim. You can also use the service of a national law firm like Accident Advice Helpline too if you prefer.
However, if you are not yet ready to start a claim and are still gathering information about your condition you may find the following information useful.
Causes of whiplash
The word whiplash is almost directly associated with car accidents and whilst this is probably how most cases of whiplash are caused, there are other accidents that can also give rise to the condition. Other common causes are slips, trips and falls and sporting accidents.
The type of accident which led to your case of whiplash is not that important for the purpose of claiming. Other details such as who caused the accident are much more significant as you can only claim if you were not responsible for the accident.
Why is it important to claim for whiplash?
As already advised, it would be unjust if you were to suffer because of the actions of someone else. A compensation award goes some way towards acknowledging your ordeal as well as forcing the person who caused the accident to take some responsibility for their actions.
Naturally, recompense is received in the form of a financial lump sum which is for the injury and the effects it has had on you.
This sum can also include reimbursement of any expenses incurred as a result of your accident, which provides another important reason to claim. It’s bad enough you’ve been hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault but that accident could now be costing you money as you have to pay for medication, treatment and maybe things like childcare, if your injuries are so bad you can’t take care of your children.
Therefore you have financial, moral and legal cause to seek compensation and should think about the positive effects getting some kind of justice could have on you at a time when you are feeling victimised and low. Not to mention the financial award could take care of any financial worries you have as a result of your accident.
If you’d like further information about whiplash or the compensation process, contact a legal specialist such as an accident solicitor in Fleet or us at Accident Advice Helpline. You can call us for free from a landline on 0800 689 0500 or from a mobile on 0333 500 0993.