Is car accident whiplash compensation becoming fraudulent?
There has been growing concern and rumours in the press that car accident whiplash compensation is open to abuse and therefore fraudulent claims could be made. The fact is the system could be abused but new research has been carried out that may throw some light on the situation.
It has long been known that whiplash injuries are caused when the neck ligaments are over stretched typically in a car accident. A car may be stationery at a junction and is struck in the rear by another car. The bodies of the occupants of the vehicle being struck from behind go through a series of movements that can cause a whiplash injury. Their torso’s are flung forward, their necks lag behind, the seat belt restrains the torso and the neck is then violently flung back, this movement on the neck causes the over stretching of the ligaments and this is the basis for a car accident whiplash compensation claim.
So where is the fraud? Firstly it is very difficult to prove the extent of the damage in a whiplash claim secondly the injury can be received at very low impact, again many accidents are at very low impact. Recent cases presented by lawyers representing insurance companies have cited that much of the force of the impact in car accidents is absorbed now by the modern technology incorporated in to car bumpers. The case has been if the force has been absorbed the claims are probably fraudulent.
However research investigating the forces in car collisions has been carried out in very different circumstances and the testing has mainly been based around vehicles hitting ridged walls to study the impact and not using bumpers that were designed to absorb some of the impact. What has come to light is that the impact from being struck from behind is amplified at least two and a half times. So even if there is a low impact accident that does not really damage the vehicle the impact can actually have enough force to cause damage to the occupants of the vehicle and so car accident whiplash compensation claims are more than likely valid.
Companies like Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) have expert solicitors who work with them and help clients understand the process for a car accident whiplash compensation claim. These professional legal experts work closely with medical experts to ensure claims submitted are legitimate claims. Working on a no win, no fee* basis these whiplash injury specialists are able to ascertain whether a claim is valid and whether it should be pursued. The law is fluid and cannot guarantee outcomes but those who have a legitimate claim for car accident whiplash compensation will have the process of the compensation explained and if they choose to, can take it further and start the formal process. All that is required is a Freephone telephone call and within 30 seconds victims of whiplash could be connected with expert solicitors who will review their case.
Date Published: 10th January 2013
Author: David Brown