Your rights when you suffer car crash whiplash in the UK
If you have suffered car crash whiplash in the UK, you may be legally entitled to seek compensation for your injuries if:
- Your accident was caused by the careless, negligent or criminal behaviour of another party;
- You had to seek medical treatment for your injuries; and
- The accident happened within the last three years.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is caused when an impact – for example one car shunting into the rear end of another – results in a sudden jolt to the head or body. This can damage soft tissue, muscles, tendons or ligaments in the neck area. Sometimes, the person injured will feel pain right away, but often it will be a day or two before the full extent of the injury is known. Symptoms can range from stiffness or restricted movement in the neck region to headaches, shoulder and arm pain and muscle spasms. In the more serious cases, the sufferer can experience intense back pain, dizziness and pins and needles in the hands and arms.
The severity of car crash whiplash in the UK can vary from person to person and the after-effects can last anything from a few weeks to years. It is very important to seek expert medical attention to ensure that you receive the right treatment; but also to make sure that your symptoms are properly recorded if you decide to make a claim for compensation against the party responsible for the accident in the future.
How do I get in touch to make a claim for car crash whiplash in the UK?
The benefits of coming to an experienced legal firm like Accident Advice Helpline are that your claim will be dealt with professionally and efficiently. We handle much of the hard work so that you can concentrate on recovering from your injuries. All we need from you to decide whether you have a case are a few details about the accident and how it’s affected your life. You can get in touch to discuss your claim with no obligation and in confidence by:
- Ringing our helpline on 0800 689 0500 – or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile;
- Texting ‘claim365’ to 88010; or
- Trying the 30-second test on our website
Our helpline is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week, so you can call when it’s convenient for you. There is no charge for our initial advice and if you decide to start a claim with us, we will not charge you anything upfront for that. You’ll also have the benefit of being represented by a specialist solicitor working on a no-win, no-fee* basis. If you don’t win your case, you do not have solicitors’ fees to pay.
If you’ve suffered car crash whiplash in the UK, remember that very often, you only have three years to make a claim for compensation. Why not call us to discuss your circumstances today?
Date Published: 5th September 2014
Author: David Brown