Claiming compensation and wondering how much is paid for a whiplash injury?
How much is paid for a whiplash injury by way of compensation will depend on the severity of your injuries. It will also be assessed on any expenses you’ve had as a result of your accident.
As with any other type of injury sustained in an accident that was not your fault, the amount of compensation you receive depends on individual circumstances. Sometimes whiplash lasts for much longer than the 32 days which is the average period for a complete recovery. Some people suffer the pain from a whiplash injury for years, some for longer than seven years. It is difficult to say how long whiplash symptoms will last.
How much is paid for a whiplash injury?
If you have been involved in an accident which was no fault of yours in the past three years, then you may have grounds to file a personal injury compensation claim. People usually suffer whiplash in road accidents when their head is jerked violently backwards and forwards, or perhaps from side to side.
However, you can also get whiplash after a blow to the head. How much can you get for a whiplash claim? Well, it’s best to ask a personal injury solicitor this question after they have been given all the details of your whiplash injury.
The most common symptoms apart from neck pain are: –
- Tenderness over the neck muscles
These commonly go away shortly after the accident. However, less common whiplash symptoms, which may be symptoms of chronic whiplash are:-
- Blurred or double vision
- Lower back pain
- A tingling sensation, like pins and needles in arms and hands
- Uncontrollable muscle spasms
- Vertigo (severe dizziness)
You need to explain your symptoms to your GP or the doctor at the Accident and Emergency ward in your local hospital.
When whiplash symptoms persist for longer than six months you may feel anxious and depressed because of your inability to perform routine daily tasks which you could do easily before your injury. Your accident solicitor will advise you not to file a personal injury compensation claim until your GP can tell you if or when you are likely to recover. You may need an operation, for example, on your inner ear to stop vertigo if you are suffering from it. The answer to the question, ‘How much is paid for a whiplash injury’ will depend on the length of time you have the symptoms.
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