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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Eligibility to claim for whiplash


    Eligibility to claim for whiplash

    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.

    If you have found yourself in this situation and want to know about your eligibility to claim for whiplash, get in touch with us today.

    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:

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    • Be playing in a contact sport such as rugby or boxing
    • Be hit on the head by something heavy
    • Hit your head in a fall
    • Lift something heavy in an incorrect way

    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 our helpline number 0800 689 0500 if you are calling from a landline, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, 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, if you decide to go ahead.

    We operate on a no-win, no-fee basis, so there are no hidden costs and no money needed in order to start your claim. It will cost you nothing to find out about your eligibility to claim for whiplash.

    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. 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 Dame Esther Rantzen, who has been our official patron since 2003.

    Date Published: 22nd July 2013

    Author: Louise Thacker

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with licence number 591058 and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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