Eligibility to claim for whiplash injuries
In order for you to establish your eligibility to claim for whiplash, you need to meet a number of criteria, including:
- The injury must have occurred within the last three years;
- Someone else caused the injury, whether intentionally or not; and
- You must have sought medical advice for your injury.
Another vehicle does not have to be involved
If you are out driving with a friend or relative and they lose control of the car, hit a tree and your head gets jerked suddenly backwards, forwards or sideways, there is a good chance that you will have sustained a whiplash injury as a result of the accident.
Even though the driver was a friend or relative, you should not shy away from pursuing a whiplash compensation claim. Remember, you will not be claiming your compensation from them personally, but instead from their insurance company. The insurance company takes their premiums every year in order to provide them with cover for such eventualities.
It is not always cars that create your eligibility to claim for whiplash
There are other ways to sustain a whiplash injury other than a road traffic accident, although rear-end car crashes are the most common way. You could:
- Be playing rugby;
- Be playing football;
- Be participating in martial arts;
- Be boxing or wrestling;
- Be hit on the head by something heavy; or
- Hit your head in a fall.
Any number of things could cause a sudden jolt of your head, forcing the tendons and ligaments in the neck to be stretched or damaged, thereby creating a whiplash injury.
No matter how the injury was caused or who caused it, you should contact us here at Accident Advice Helpline on the freephone number 0800 689 0500 and speak to one of our friendly, helpful advisors. The call will be confidential and the advisor with whom you speak will be able to start the process for your personal injury compensation claim.
Accident Advice Helpline operate on a no win no fee* basis, so there are no hidden costs and no money needed in order to start your claim. This type of arrangement is typically used in personal injury compensation claims for criminal injuries, workplace injuries or medical negligence. No win no fee* means just what it says — if you don’t win your case, you don’t pay us a penny.
Accident Advice Helpline have helped many thousands of people to win their personal injury compensation claims since we were established in 2000. We provide access to justice for blameless victims of accidents, crimes and negligence. Our success has been achieved by using only the best personnel, providing second to none customer satisfaction and adhering to our four key principles of integrity, dependability, reliability and accountability. We are recommended by renowned consumer champion Esther Rantzen, who has been our official patron since 2003.