Traffic accidents happen every day. They are something that we do our best to avoid but they happen, no matter how cautious we are with our driving. When people are involved in accidents on the road and injuries are involved, there are several things that they should do in order to have a better chance of winning their claim. If you have sustained a whiplash injury following an accident, you will undoubtedly be interested to learn the value of the average claim for whiplash injuries. Take a moment to check the information we have put together for your assistance and find out more about what you need to do now to make a claim.
Traffic accident claim for whiplash injuries
Types of whiplash injury claims vary so it is good to do some research and find out what you can expect when you make a claim for whiplash injuries.
When you apply for whiplash compensation, your damages will be split into two main types:
• General damages – this refers to the pain and suffering you have experienced
• Special damages – this refers to the financial losses incurred as a result of your accident
If your opponent admits to causing your accident but does not agree with the amount of compensation you are claiming, you may also be able to claim interim compensation, which will help you to pay for essential health and social care costs.
Value of traffic accident claim for whiplash injuries
To determine the value of your whiplash compensation settlement, your solicitor will use the Judicial Studies Board Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases. According to these guidelines, you may expect to receive:
• £1,000 to £2,500 if you are expected to make a full recovery within one year
• £2,500 to £4,250 if you are expected to make a full recovery within two years
• £4,250 to £16,000 if you are expected to suffer from permanent symptoms
As the brackets of awards for whiplash injuries are so vast, you should choose a solicitor with care. To receive the maximum possible compensation payout, you should ideally hire a specialist solicitor. A whiplash solicitor could make the difference between winning and losing your case.
Contacting a specialist solicitor
To find out more about making a compensation claim, call Accident Advice Helpline free of charge and let one of our claims advisers explain the claims process to you. Once you have provided us with your details, we will inform you of the value of the average claim for whiplash injuries before matching your case with a solicitor who will significantly increase your chances of winning a whiplash compensation claim.
If you are not ready to speak to an adviser, provide us with your details via our compensation calculator. Also referred to as the 30-second test, this simple tool will enable you to determine the value of the compensation you may be entitled to receive.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: 24th July 2013
Author: Louise Thacker