Average Payout for a Whiplash Injury
Whiplash is an ever-prevalent injury suffered by thousands on the roads of the United Kingdom each and every year, and it is all too often overlooked as the very serious injury that it commonly can prove to be.
Though undoubtedly classed among the lower rung of road traffic injuries sustained year on year, at least in terms of severity, whiplash is certainly one of the more common. Thousands of people file whiplash compensation claims every year in the UK (the highest amount anywhere in Europe) and claims of this kind outnumber those filed as a result of workplace related injuries by around 6:1.
The average payout for whiplash injuries depends on a number of factors, as is the case with just about any compensation claim. It can be affected by the severity of the injury, the recovery time needed for the injury and the affect it has had on your life.
Recovery Time Affects Average Payout for Whiplash Injury
A typical way to assess the scale of whiplash’s ultimate hindrance (and thus the likely level of eligible compensation) upon a claimant is through the evaluation of the symptoms they have sustained.
In cases which note full-scale recovery within one calendar year of the accident, claimants can expect compensation of between £850 and £2750, depending on the severity of symptoms and the nature of their impairment upon the individuals day-to-day life and well-being.
When symptoms persist past one year however the average payout for whiplash injuries rises to anywhere between £2500 and £5000, once again depending on case particulars.
Furthermore, if an undeserving injury is sustained by someone who is then more at risk of, or already suffering from, a condition likely to be intensified by the whiplash, the payout bracket is once again raised – this time an average figure can be anywhere between £5000 and £8750.
Typical Symptoms of Whiplash
The most common side effects associated with whiplash cases include nausea, dizziness, headaches, neck pain, stiffness and tenderness, though can extend to include the likes of blurred vision, pins and needles, spasms, vertigo, and tiredness.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which has specialist lawyers all over the UK. As a result, our definition of symptoms in relation to injuries such as whiplash is not only broad, but fully informed and up to date.