Average whiplash compensation
Whiplash injuries are injuries of the neck caused by the head suddenly moving. Whiplash injuries are a common consequence of low and high speed road accidents. Victims who suffer minor or major whiplash injuries in a road accident that was not their fault may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
What is the average whiplash compensation claim?
The value of a compensation claim for a whiplash injury depends on both the severity and recovery period of the injury. The victim’s medical expenses and lost earnings will also influence the compensation amount.
The majority of whiplash claims are for minor whiplash injuries. Minor whiplash injury compensation claims for soft tissue damage – which fully heals within a month to a year – can be worth £800 to £2,500. If the recovery period extends into a second year, then the average whiplash compensation claim value may increase into the region of £2,500 to £5,000.
More significant whiplash injuries which have a longer recovery period, increase the victim’s vulnerability to more damage in the future or exacerbate pre-existing medical complaints will attract a more substantial level of compensation. The average whiplash compensation claim value for injuries that fit this criteria is between £5,000 and £9,000.
The most serious whiplash injuries where the victim suffers from a limitation of movement or recurring pain or faces the prospect of extensive surgery could attract up to £16,500 in compensation.
How do whiplash victims make a compensation claim?
Accident Advice Helpline have over 14 years’ experience helping whiplash victims claim compensation on a no win, no fee* basis. Whiplash victims can talk to our professional advisers on our 24/7 free phone advice line to see if they are entitled to make a claim. Alternatively, victims can use our online compensation calculator to check if they are eligible in under 30 seconds.
Whiplash victims can make a compensation claim when:
- The victim received the injury as a result of an accident that was the fault of another person.
- The accident which caused the injury occurred within the past 3 years, although if the victim is a minor then the deadline can be extended.
Making a compensation claim for a whiplash injury is an easy process. Most compensation claims can be processed in full over the telephone and most whiplash injury claimants will not need to attend court.
Date Published: 8th August 2013
Author: Rebecca Smith
Category: Whiplash claims