Whiplash injury

Whiplash is a debilitating injury that can seriously impact one’s life. Depending on the type of accident and other circumstances the pain experienced can range from mild, where a sufferer may be able to carry out normal day-to-day activities and make a quick recovery, to severe, where the victim may experience pain which prevents them from functioning normally and requires a long recovery period. In some cases the pain can last for years.

Thus it is important to accurately report the impact and severity of your whiplash injury. This is an especially important consideration because how much compensation for a whiplash injury a person can get is largely determined by the severity of the injury itself.

How much compensation for a no fault whiplash injury?

When it comes to calculating how much compensation a victim will receive for a whiplash injury it is worth noting that the injury will be graded from 1-5, with 5 being the most severe type of injury and 1 being the least severe.

Whiplash grades 1, 2 and 3 are the most common, so let’s focus on these:

Grade 1

Grade 1 whiplash is the least serious form of whiplash, and will have a recovery period of a few months at the most. It can be defined as there being indications of neck complaints with no physical signs of injury. The only common symptom is pain. The good news with grade 1 whiplash is that the prognosis for the future is full recovery within 3 – 6 months.

Average grade 1 whiplash payout: £1,000 – £7,500.

Grade 2

Grade 2 whiplash is a moderate injury and will have a recovery period of 6 – 12 months. It can be defined as there being indications of neck complaints with musculoskeletal signs. Unlike grade 1 whiplash, grade 2 will have obvious bruising and swelling on affected areas. The prognosis for the future with grade 2 whiplash is full recovery within 2 years.

Average grade 2 whiplash payout: £4,000 – £12,000.

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Grade 3

Grade 3 whiplash is a moderate/severe injury and will usually have a recovery period that exceeds 12 months. It can be defined as there being musculoskeletal signs as well as neurological signs. Grade 3 whiplash is highly debilitating and more often than not results in the patient not being able to move their head. Full recovery is expected within 3 years.

Average grade 3 whiplash payout: £10,000 – £16,000.

How much compensation for a no fault whiplash injury?

And so, how much compensation for a no fault whiplash injury you will get is determined by:

  1. How bad the whiplash injury is;
  2. The length of recovery time from the injury;
  3. The prognosis for the future;
  4. The acceleration of any pre-existing conditions.

The second consideration you need to have is that while whiplash injury payouts are determined by the severity of the injury, recovery time and prognosis for the future, you can also claim special damages. Special damages include all out-of-pocket expenses, loss of earnings and overtime and all financial hardships related to your whiplash injury. And so while you may get an estimated payout of £1,500 for grade 1 whiplash, that figure could be closer to £2,000 taking into account special damages on top of general damages.

The actual level of compensation you will be awarded will depend on a number of important factors specific to your case and the figures shown here should only be used as a guideline.

How much compensation for a whiplash injury are you entitled to? Get in touch with AAH 24/7 for free. Call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile

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