Road traffic accidents are unfortunately a frequent occurrence on Britain’s roads today, and although measures can be taken to ensure that you are a safe driver, it can be difficult to prevent accidents caused by other road users. Injuries resulting from a car crash can vary vastly, but one of the most common injuries is whiplash – caused by a sudden movement of the neck muscles as impact between two vehicles occurs. Personal injury whiplash compensation can be claimed if another person was to blame, the accident occurred within the past three years and medical attention was required.
What is personal injury whiplash compensation?
If you are eligible to make a claim and have suffered whiplash as a result of your road traffic accident, it is important to consider personal injury whiplash compensation. Compensation is in place to ensure that you are protected in circumstances where accidents are not your fault – and whilst a monetary figure cannot reverse the implications of your injury, it can assist in other ways.
Personal injury whiplash compensation generally takes into account:
- The severity of your whiplash. For some, you may be advised to rest for a couple of days, whereas others may require a neck brace for a matter of weeks, with long-term effects possible. Chronic whiplash may cause headaches, dizziness, and even depression. This will all be taken into account during the claims process.
- The financial impact of your whiplash injury – which may include a loss of income due to an inability to work, or medication and treatment costs. If you have been in an accident that was not your fault, you should not be made to suffer financially as a result – this is where compensation can protect you.
What should I do if I have suffered a whiplash injury?
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident and wish to pursue personal injury whiplash compensation, you should get in touch with a specialist solicitor as soon as possible. Whether you were the driver or a passenger, it is important to claim for compensation – it may even ensure that preventative measures are put in place to stop further similar incidents occurring.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have many ways in which you can get in touch to progress your claim. If you prefer to speak with someone in person, you can give us a call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. Alternatively, if you would like to make initial contact via our website, you can do so by using our short online claim form or our 30-second test which will give you an idea of how much you may be entitled to claim.
Our team of friendly, highly trained advisers will ensure that you are looked after at every step of the accident claims process, matching your case to a legal expert with experience in whiplash claims. All of our cases are handled on a no-win, no-fee basis – affording you further peace of mind as you pursue your right to claim.
Date Published: 28th February 2013
Author: Sharon Parry