Calculation of claim for whiplash injury
Whiplash injuries are caused when your body is subjected to the sort of movement that it shouldn’t really be subjected to. The most common cause is car accidents, particularly when the victim was either the driver or a passenger in a car that has been hit from behind.
The result is soft tissue damage to the neck – and sometimes back – muscles. The usual symptoms are pain and stiffness, although whiplash sufferers can also experience dizziness and headaches. Sometimes the symptoms appear immediately, but for some people they can take a day or two to appear.
Whiplash injuries should be checked by a medical specialist as soon as possible because there are a number of ways that they can be treated. However, it can still take weeks or even months to fully recover from a whiplash injury.
Can I claim compensation for a whiplash injury?
If you have suffered a whiplash injury as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, you can claim compensation as long as you start your claim within three years of the date of your accident. You can find out whether you have a valid claim using the unique 30-second test at Accident Advice Helpline website. Calculation of claims for whiplash injury will depend on a number of factors as each case can be different, according to the severity of the injury.
What factors affect the calculation of claim for whiplash injury?
As with all compensation claims, you will receive compensation for your pain and suffering. However, there are other items that you may be able to claim for. If you have lost wages as a result of your injury, or have incurred any other out-of-pocket expenses, you may be able to claim for those. For this reason, it is important to keep any documentation to support your claim. This includes:
• Payslips if you have lost any wages as a result of the accident
• Receipts for any out-of-pocket expenses you have incurred
• Details of any medical treatment you have had to pay for, such as physiotherapy.
Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) cannot guarantee the amount of compensation you can expect to receive because each claim is different. However, the AAH solicitors, who all work on a no win, no fee basis, will ensure that you maximise your chances of receiving the full amount of compensation that you deserve. Give their team a call on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: 25th May 2013