The Judicial Studies Guidelines suggest that you can get between £750 and £16,000 for a whiplash injury sustained in an accident that was not your fault. (This is the simple answer to the question ‘How much is paid for whiplash expenses?’) The amount you receive depends on the severity of your injury and how long it lasts. There is a common misconception that whiplash symptoms only last for a few days, or a few weeks, but some people suffer for years after their accident.
On top of your pain and suffering are all those incidental expenses associated with being injured. Prescription charges, travel expenses and loss of earnings to mention just a few. We understand that you’re asking the question ‘how much is paid for whiplash expenses?’
How much can you get for whiplash compensation?
Here are the amounts you could receive for whiplash injuries:-
- Minor whiplash injuries, which you will recover from within a month to six weeks £750 – £2,750;
- Moderate whiplash injuries, with full recovery within 2 years, £2,750 – £5,000;
- Moderately severe whiplash injuries, when there may be complications but full recovery should take place after several years, £5,000 – £8,750;
- Severe whiplash injuries, when there may be permanent or recurring pain at intervals, and when movement is restricted with the possibility of there being surgery at some time, £8,750 – £16,000.
These figures answer the question ‘how much can you get for whiplash compensation?’, but that is not the full story. You can also receive compensation for loss of earnings, care costs, prescription charges (if you keep receipts), and other costs which you incurred because of your injury, although you will need receipts to claim these. You can also claim for treatment which you received privately.
Sometimes the pain suffered by those with chronic whiplash causes anxiety and depression and can lead to people not being able to work, or to have a good social life. Compensation can include money for such inconveniences. Loss of earnings can be calculated not simply on past losses but on future ones too.
The UK government is concerned about the rising claims for whiplash injuries, and between December 2012 and March 2013 The Ministry of Justice consulted on how to ensure that whiplash injury compensation could be kept to a minimum. This was because whiplash claims were rising, although the number of traffic accidents was falling. There have been a number of cases reported in the press of people making fraudulent whiplash claims. Now there are more guidelines regarding how to diagnose whiplash, so that fraudulent claims are kept to a minimum.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you need help to claim for a whiplash injury or any other injury sustained in an accident that was not your fault in the last three years, you could contact us at Accident Advice Helpline for advice regarding a personal injury compensation claim.
First of all you could visit our Accident Advice Helpline website to find out who we are and how we may be able to help you, and then you could call us on one of our Freephone numbers for expert legal advice. The numbers are 0800 689 05000800 689 0500 for landlines and 0333 500 0993 for mobile calls. Why not call us now for expert legal advice? No matter what time it is, you can call us.
Date Published: 4th October 2013
Author: Rebecca Smith
Category: Whiplash claims