Who can claim for whiplash?
Anyone that suffers a whiplash injury can claim for whiplash. Most of these types of injury happen through a car running into the back of another, but any accident that causes your neck to be jolted forwards, backwards, or sideways suddenly can cause whiplash. Other causes could be:
- Contact sports such as boxing or rugby, where a blow to the head occurs
- A slip, trip or fall where you may bang your head
- Being struck on the head by a heavy or solid object
How serious is whiplash?
The severity of whiplash can vary greatly. The sudden movement causes damage to the ligaments and tendon in the neck that, in its mildest form will create:
- Pain in the neck area
- Tenderness in the neck muscles
- Reduced and painful neck mobility
In more serious cases you could also experience:
- Lower back pain
- Pain in your hands and arms
- Numbness or pins and needles in your hands and arms
- Muscle spasms
- Blurred vision
- Vertigo – the sensation that you are spinning or moving whilst standing still
- Anxiety or depression
How long does whiplash take to heal?
The healing times for whiplash depend on the severity, mild whiplash will clear itself over a few weeks but severe whiplash can take a lot longer and need specialist treatment. In Chronic cases the injuries can be permanent and life changing, stopping you from carrying out everyday tasks for yourself. The injury is not always immediately apparent and can develop over time.
Can I make a personal injury compensation claim for whiplash?
Providing you fit the criteria, you may be entitled to make a claim, you should have:
- Been in an accident that was not your fault, even as the passenger.
- The accident should have been within the last three years
- You should have sought medical treatment for your injuries
Can I claim other things for whiplash?
Whiplash can have a number of consequences that mean extra losses or costs to you and apart from your pain and suffering you can also claim for?
- Loss of earnings
- Medical treatment
- Travel expenses
- Cost of care if you are no longer able to look after yourself
- Cost of adapting your home if necessary
- Cost of moving home to more suitable property if needed
- Any other extra expenses incurred because of the accident
Where do I go to make a claim?
Accident Advice Helpline will assist you in making your claim. If the whiplash is a result of a road traffic accident, we will deal with the motor insurance company or the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB), if for some reason the other party is uninsured or untraceable as in the case of hit and run. If the accident is a result of some other form of accident we will deal with who ever necessary, such as:
- Local authorities
- Government departments
Accident Advice Helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so no matter when your accident happens you can contact us. Our freephone number is 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993, where you can speak to one of our friendly advisors, or you can complete our 30-second test online for guidance.
Date Published: 4th August 2013
Category: Whiplash claims