Whiplash is often the result of a road traffic accident. When such an accident is the other driver’s fault, you could receive compensation for your injuries.
Why is compensation payable?
The other driver’s insurer (or the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, if you are unlucky enough to have an uninsured driver run into you) will be liable to pay compensation to you for injuries and costs incurred in an accident. If it’s the other driver’s reckless behaviour or negligence that led to that accident, then you can claw back some money from them.
Getting money back is important when you have signs of whiplash, because you could lose the use of your car, you may be off work for a long period, and you could be forking out money for many things. These include taxi fares to medical appointments, as well as a home help and maybe childcare.
Signs of whiplash: what should I look for?
Whiplash has signs and symptoms which become apparent soon after an accident and may worsen hours later. The most obvious one is pain, which can sometimes develop a day later, and can be in the neck and back. Some people also experience headaches as another symptom. The head is, of course, affected in whiplash – it is the head that jerks on impact, and it is the head (and neck) that cannot be turned easily because of the injury.
Other signs of whiplash include blurred vision, jaw pain and dizziness. Of course, it goes without saying that you should see a doctor if you have signs of whiplash, and having a medical appointment will also help you in the event you decide to claim compensation.
How can I make my claim?
Simply call Accident Advice Helpline. Our lines are open 24/7. Call 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. You can also text “claim365” to 88010.
However you decide to get in touch with us, you will speak to someone who cares. Our advisors are professional and friendly, and will talk you through the process of claiming compensation with the help of one of our 100% no win no fee solicitors.
You may have to go for another medical test, but you probably won’t need to attend court – most claims can be dealt with over the telephone. Just make sure you call soon – there is a three-year deadline from the date of your accident to make a claim.
What reputation do Accident Advice Helpline have?
Our clients have been very happy with our service for the past 15 years. Since we started as a personal injury law firm in 2000, we have developed a reputation for integrity, dependability, reliability and accountability. Indeed, these are our fundamental tenets.
We also carry Esther Rantzen’s endorsement, and when it comes to client care she certainly knows the right way to do things – so call us now!
Date Published: 26th March 2014
Author: Louise Thacker