Every year, thousands of people suffer whiplash injuries in the UK, very often in accidents caused by somebody else. The consequences of personal injury can be far-reaching, with medical treatment, extensive physiotherapy and time off work among the potential outcomes. Victims can quickly run up additional costs following their accident, adding to the distress they have already experienced.
This is why Accident Advice Helpline is here to help. If you have suffered whiplash through no fault of your own, you may well be entitled to compensation from the person responsible for your accident. To find out how much you could potentially claim, keep reading.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is a common injury caused by a sudden jolt to the head and body. During impact, muscles, ligaments or tendons in the neck and back can become damaged, which can lead to various health problems for the sufferer. Initially, a whiplash victim may not notice any symptoms, but they may start to experience pain a day or two after the incident.
The main symptoms of whiplash include:
- Swelling and inflammation in the neck and surrounding areas
- Pain and restriction of movement
In more serious cases, victims may suffer bouts of dizziness and nausea, or even temporary paralysis in some areas of the body. The majority of sufferers make a recovery within a few days or weeks, however some may still experience symptoms after months or even years. This makes it all the more vital that they claim the compensation they are entitled to.
How is whiplash caused?
In many cases, whiplash injuries occur in road traffic accidents, when collisions cause a violent jolting movement to the head or body. However, whiplash is not just a danger on the roads. It can potentially be caused by trips or falls, sporting accidents and even assaults. Whenever the head and body experiences violent movement, there is a risk of a whiplash injury.
What is the average whiplash compensation payout?
There is no way of giving a precise figures as to the average whiplash compensation payout as the nature of the injury – and severity of the symptoms – vary from one individual to the next. A victim who has suffered a serious injury and experiences ongoing pain following their accident may be able to claim more than someone who has only short-term whiplash symptoms.
Compensation claims are split into two elements:
- General damages: referring to the pain and suffering experienced.
- Special damages: referring to the real expenses of the accident, such as loss of earnings, car repair, travel expenses and medication etc.
If you are making a whiplash compensation claim, the amount you can receive for general damages depends on the severity of your injury and the length of your recovery period.
- For minor injuries, e.g. soft tissue damage with moderate symptoms, the average whiplash compensation payout is generally between £750 and £2,500 if you recover within one year, and £2,500 – £4,250 if you recover within two years.
- For moderate injuries, e.g. more severe symptoms with a longer recovery time and risk of future vulnerability, the average whiplash compensation payout is usually between £4,250 and £7,750.
- For severe injuries resulting in a limitation of movement, recurring pain, stiffness and chance of future surgery or trauma, the average whiplash compensation payout tends to be between £7,750 and £16,400
When can I claim?
If you have suffered whiplash in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. As with any personal injury claim, you need to take legal action within three years of your accident, although victims are recommended to seek recourse as soon as possible.
Since 2000, Accident Advice Helpline has helped thousands of people in the UK who have suffered whiplash injuries through no fault of their own. Our solicitors offer no-win, no-fee* representation, which means we can provide expert legal advice without the up-front costs. If we can’t secure you the compensation you deserve, Accident Advice Helpline will not charge you for our services.
How to get in touch
We operate a freephone number, staffed by friendly professional advisors, who are on hand to take your call and assess your eligibility to claim compensation. You can call Accident Advice Helpline’s freephone number on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone, to begin the process of seeking damages. We are ready to take your call.