Unless you have been living in the wilderness or simply have no interest in the world around you, you are likely to have noticed that there is a lot in the modern media regarding whiplash compensation claims, and a great deal of this coverage is largely unfavourable. However, as with many things the criticism levelled at whiplash injury claims is born out of ignorance and the fact that people do not understand the pertinent details of compensation and claims proceedings.
With this in mind, this article will attempt to redress this balance by explaining the key facts about both compensation in general and whiplash claims in particular, and will address questions as diverse as when compensation is available, and how much pay out for whiplash could be awarded.
When and why is compensation available?
The first crucial issue to address is that of when and why compensation is available. The law states that if you are injured or fall ill and somebody else was to blame, you are entitled to seek compensation. In the majority of cases there is a period of three years from the incident in question in which the claimant must begin proceedings, or they lose their entitlement to claim. The only types of cases for which this limit does not apply are those that regard injuries to minors and those that deal with industrial diseases such as asbestos poisoning.
The reason that the law allows for compensation is largely two-fold: firstly, the claims process serves as a means of holding people who are guilty of causing harm to others to account for their actions. Secondly, and more crucially, compensation serves as a measure of recompense for the physical, emotional and financial hardships endured by the victim.
How much pay out for whiplash could be awarded?
Whiplash injuries are often the result of a car accident where the victim of the injury was not at fault, and this means that the question of how much pay out for whiplash could be awarded is often asked. There is no hard and fast answer to the question of how much pay out for whiplash could be awarded, however, as each claim is assessed individually before a compensation award is decided. What this means is that each compensation award is individually decided in order to provide the victim of an injury with an amount that accounts for the particular suffering they have endured, no more and no less.
Who to trust with a claim
If you believe that you may have a valid compensation claim, then the people you need to contact are Accident Advice Helpline, personal injury specialists with over 15 years’ worth of experience. You can call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week on either 0800 180 4123, or 0333 500 0992 on your mobile.
Date Published: 11th October 2013
Author: David Brown