Can the average victim’s compensation for whiplash injury be calculated?
The honest answer is no – not as a single figure – however, the average victim’s compensation for a whiplash injury can probably be estimated within a certain range. The reason it is difficult to arrive at a definitive number is really down to the nature of whiplash injuries.
How much you receive depends on several factors some of these factors are listed below;
- Pain suffered
- Long term effects
- Loss of amenity
- Loss of earnings including bonuses and overtime
Pain suffered – this is, as it sounds, the evaluation of how much pain you were in with the whiplash injury. This is a major factor taken into consideration for the average compensation for whiplash injury. If you only experience pain for a few days, the amount of compensation you might receive is lower than if you had experienced pain for months or even years.
The long term effects – more difficult to establish but never the less very important when calculating the average compensation for whiplash injury. The full effects of whiplash can take up to two years to become fully apparent and if this were the case then the claim amount would be substantially greater.
Loss of amenity – for example, not being able to play your favourite sport as a result of the whiplash. Short term loss is unlikely to attract any payment but long term, if you could not play your favourite sport, an additional sum may be included in the claim, all of these varying amounts affect the average compensation for whiplash injury claim.
Expenses – out of pocket expenses can be claimed as part of the compensation claim.
Loss of Earnings – because you were unable to work, loss of bonuses and overtime can be included in the claim. Again all of these figures can affect the average compensation for whiplash injury claims.
Law firms like Accident Advice Helpline can always help with whiplash injury claims and their extensive legal team can advise victims of the previous amounts that have been awarded to victims of cases with similar circumstances. Their expertise can guide individuals through the process from gathering medical evidence, to the payment of any compensation.
So what kind of amounts can people expect to receive bearing in mind there is no real average victim’s compensation for a whiplash injury claim, just ranges? For minor whiplash injury claims an individual could receive a few hundred pounds to a thousand pounds. For very serious whiplash injuries, claims figures of over ten thousand pounds have been awarded in the past, however, these are very rare. The payment range individual victims might expect to receive are generally between two thousand and five thousand pounds.
The only way to be sure is for victims to contact law firms like Accident Advice Helpline on their Freephone number 0800 689 0500 and chat with an adviser who will be able to better assess what individual clients need on a case by case basis.
Date Published: 10th January 2013
Author: David Brown