Top Tips for Car Accident Whiplash Claims
When making a claim for compensation, there are some important steps you need to take to give you the best possible chance of winning your case. Here are our top tips for car accident whiplash claims:
1. Take details and photos at the scene
When making a claim for whiplash, it’s important to gather as many details as you can at the scene of the car accident. Whiplash occurs when the soft tissue in your neck is damaged due to excessive force of the neck muscles. It can occur even in slow impact accidents, so it’s important that you take details of witnesses who can confirm the incident took place.
2. Seek medical assistance
Whiplash can cause pain and stiffness in the neck. Sometimes, people who have whiplash don’t bother to seek medical advice and just rest the injury, but it’s important to see a GP to process your claim. Although whiplash is often a short term injury lasting a few days, in more serious cases, pain can last for years. Seeing a medical professional as soon as the incident happens protects you in case you need to make a claim years after the accident.
3. Call us as soon as possible
Although we can process claims for compensation up to 3 years after an accident, it’s important you get in touch with us as soon as you can to maximise your chances of success. You may need to take an additional medical assessment or we may need to speak to witnesses about the accident. This is all much easier if you are claiming for compensation shortly after the car accident whiplash starts.
How Can I Be Sure I Have Whiplash?
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that occurs as the result of a road traffic accident. Car accident whiplash symptoms including headaches, dizziness and pain in the head, neck and shoulders. However, you may be experiencing other symptoms that are often not immediately associated with whiplash, for example tingling in the arms and legs. It’s important to see a GP as soon as you have any pain after a car accident to confirm the injury sustained.
Another reason people don’t think their pain is caused by whiplash is because it doesn’t occur immediately after the accident. Surprisingly, car accident whiplash can start days after the accident took place. You should call Accident Advice Helpline as soon as you suspect an injury related to your car accident, so that we can make a start on your claim.
Whatever your situation, it won’t cost you a penny to take our simple 30 second test to see if you have the right to make a claim. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our friendly advisers on the phone for free, expert advice on making a claim. We have worked tirelessly for over 15 years to help thousands of injured parties seek the car accident whiplash compensation they are entitled to. Call today to see if we can help you on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: 10th October 2012
Author: David Brown