Contrary to popular culture belief, whiplash has nothing to do with Indiana Jones. It is in fact a type of neck injury, caused by an impact that causes the head to move forwards and backwards in quick succession. This sudden impact stretches the delicate ligaments and tendons in the neck, resulting in symptoms of pain, stiffness, loss of movement, muscle spasms and headaches. Claiming compensation in whiplash circumstances needs some expert advice.
The symptoms of whiplash injuries may not become apparent until a few days following an accident. However, it is important that you contact Accident Advice Helpline as soon as you are aware of your injuries, however minor they may seem. Our claims advisers will be able to assess your case and provide you with free, no obligation legal advice and will estimate the average compensation whiplash payout you can expect to receive.
Average compensation in whiplash circumstances
The amount of awarded following a compensation whiplash injury claim will be dependent on the seriousness of your injury. Average whiplash payout amounts for whiplash injuries tend to start at around £1000 for minor injuries and may exceed £80,000 for severe injuries.
Making a claim for compensation in whiplash circumstances
If we believe that you have a claim for a compensation whiplash injury, one of our in house solicitors will assess your case further and offer you some advice on what you ought to do next and how much you could realistically expect to be awarded. This advice is, and always will be, offered completely free of charge and with no obligation. When working out your possible compensation whiplash claim amount, our specialist will consider the following:
• Care and assistance expenses
• Loss of use of your vehicle
• Loss of earnings
• Any other losses caused by your injuries
The most common cause of whiplash is a road traffic accident. However, heavy falls and contact sports may also cause this injury. If your whiplash was caused by someone else’s negligence, do not accept any offers of compensation from the guilty party’s insurance company. It is in their best interest to settle your compensation claim for as little money as possible so they may try to put forward premature offers to save on the cost of a full lawsuit. We strongly advise against agreeing to a compensation settlement in the absence of medical evidence and appropriate legal representation as you may end up with a settlement that is substantially lower than the average compensation whiplash payout.
As an early indicator of the amount you could receive, have a go at filling out our 30 second test here on the site. It is really easy to fill out, and at the end you will have an approximation of what an average payout for your injury type is.
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Date Published: 23rd August 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Whiplash claims