Average whiplash payout
Whiplash is a type of neck injury, caused by an impact that causes the head to move forwards and backwards in quick succession. This sudden impact stretches the delicate ligaments and tendons in the neck, resulting in symptoms of pain, stiffness, loss of movement, muscle spasms and headaches.
The symptoms of whiplash injuries may not become apparent until a few days following an accident. However, it is important that you contact the Accident Advice Helpline as soon as you are aware of your injuries, however minor they may seem. Our claims advisors will be able to assess your case and provide you with free, no obligation legal advice and will estimate the average whiplash payout you can expect to receive.
Average whiplash payout amounts
The amount of compensation awarded following a whiplash injury will be dependent on the seriousness of your injury. Average whiplash payout amounts for whiplash injuries tend to start at around £1000 for minor injuries and may exceed £80,000 for severe injuries.
Making a claim for whiplash
If we believe that you have a claim for whiplash compensation, we will put you in touch with a personal injury solicitor who specialises in whiplash claims. Your solicitor will ask a medical professional to provide detailed medical evidence to ensure your claim is correctly valued and will arrange for you to undergo private treatment if recommended. You will also be able to include a range of other expenses in your claim, including:
- Care and assistance expenses
- Loss of use of your vehicle
- Loss of earnings
- Any other losses caused by your injuries
The most common cause of whiplash is a road traffic accident. However, heavy falls and contact sports may also cause this injury. If your whiplash was caused by someone else’s negligence, do not accept any offers of compensation from the guilty party’s insurance company. It is in their best interest to settle your compensation claim for as little money as possible so they may try to put forward premature offers to save on the cost of a full lawsuit. We strongly advise against agreeing to a compensation settlement in the absence of medical evidence and appropriate legal representation as you may end up with a settlement that is substantially lower than the average whiplash payout.
Date Published: 6th August 2013
Author: David Brown