As anyone who has experienced a whiplash injury – a kind of neck strain which happens when the head is suddenly jerked backwards, sideways or forwards – will tell you, this painful condition can really get in the way of enjoying and getting on with your life.
With nearly 80% more cars per kilometre than the average for the EU on Britain’s roads, there’s quite a lot of it about.
Along with headaches, stiffness and pain in the neck, it can become hard to move around as you normally would. While most people recover within days or a few weeks at most, those with chronic whiplash can find the symptoms a lot longer lasting, and a fifth will have them for over a year.
Yet research by the Association of Professional Injury Lawyers (APIL) found that 40% of the 1% of 4,000 surveyed who’d had a whiplash injury did not claim any personal injury compensation, even though 70% of total car accident claims are made for this injury.
What’s more, that number is shrinking, giving the lie to the “compensation culture” and media depictions of queues of people out for what they can get.
What is the typical payout for whiplash injury?
If you’re unfortunate enough to be in a road accident and are wondering about the typical payout for whiplash injury compensation, that can be hard to put a figure on definitively since it can depend on a number of factors, including:
- How serious the injured suffered was
- The medical evidence submitted
- The skill of the personal injury lawyer involved in the case
- Whether the claimant was deemed party responsible for their injury
- How long it takes the injured party to recover
But, while it’s not possible to quantify a typical pay out for whiplash injury claims definitively, many claims settle for between £2,000 and £3,000, exclusive of things like lost earnings and medical costs. But some claims may settle for £500 in the case of minor injuries, while if it takes up to five years to recover, the figure could approach £10,000.
The best thing you can do to maximise the amount you receive is to speak to a good personal injury law firm.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we work on a no win no fee* basis and have 14 years’ experience in this area of the law. Contact us today on 0800 689 0500 to learn more if you’ve had a whiplash injury in the last three years for an accident that was not your fault.
Date Published: 10th July 2014
Author: Jan Newell