What is chronic whiplash?
Every year thousands of people suffer from whiplash as a result of another driver’s carelessness or negligence. When a vehicle is hit by another vehicle, even if it’s not at high speed, the driver or passenger’s head may be forced suddenly and violently forwards, backwards or sideways, causing a great deal of pain and potentially long-lasting problems.
Common symptoms of whiplash include:
- neck pain and stiffness
- tender neck muscles
- reduced or painful neck movement
Some less common symptoms are:
- lower back pain
- blurred vision
- muscle spasms
For many people the pain caused by whiplash lasts only a couple of weeks or months. However, for others the pain of whiplash still affects them for many months or even years after their road traffic accident. If after six months victims of whiplash still have symptoms, the condition is considered chronic and you may be able to make a chronic whiplash compensation claim.
Am I entitled to chronic whiplash compensation?
If you have been injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault and the effects of your whiplash are still present after six months you may be entitled to claim chronic whiplash compensation. The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the symptoms you suffer from and how long the symptoms are expected to last.
However, if you have already received compensation for whiplash you will not be able to claim again. This is why it’s important you receive expert legal advice before accepting any settlement from insurance companies, otherwise you could potentially miss out on the compensation you deserve.
Who should I speak to about making a chronic whiplash compensation claim?
To make sure that you receive the maximum chronic whiplash compensation you’re entitled to you’ll need expert legal advice. The Accident Advice Helpline has been helping people to make informed decisions about compensation claims for over 10 years.
Our freephone helpline is open 24/7, so you can speak to one of our professional and friendly advisors at a time that suits you. While there’s no obligation to pursue things any further, if you choose to you can rest assured that our specialist lawyers will work to get you as much compensation as you deserve. And don’t forget that they all operate on a strictly no win no fee* basis.
Alternatively you can use our 30-second test to find out almost immediately if you are eligible for chronic whiplash compensation.