How whiplash claims are handled varies form country to country, and the injury is more prevalent in some than others. Even if you split the whiplash claims in the UK into the countries of England, Scotland and wales, a lot less whiplash claims are made in Scotland than in England and Wales.
- Norway – the symptoms have to be reported within 72 hours of the accident and last for more than a year before a claim can be made.
- Germany – if the vehicle was travelling at less than 10kph it is assumed that there can be no injuries and no claim can be made.
- Canada – No cash is paid, but treatment is paid for.
- Spain – Independent doctors examines the victim and award points, these points translate into awards.
- Netherlands – Settlement for small and minor claims are made online, reducing the need for the involvement of lawyers.
These are just a few examples of how other countries compare to the whiplash claims in the UK, and how other country’s laws differ from our’s. There is nothing to suggest any of their systems work better than our’s, and most of the differences are because of different cultures and laws that already existed.
The law for whiplash claims in the UK
In the UK there are stipulations about making a claim, just like in other countries. These include:
- The accident must have been the fault of someone else. You cannot just say it was Joe Blog’s fault – you have to be able to prove it, unless of course the other party admits they were to blame.
- You must have sustained injuries in the accident that needed medical attention. Medical reports will be required from the medical practitioner that treated your injuries, and many victims have to have an independent medical assessment.
- The accident should have happened within the last three years. Like many rules, there are sometimes exceptions and in this case if you were a minor when the accident happened, and no one made a claim for you at the time, you have until you 21st birthday to submit the claim yourself.
So although the whiplash claims in the UK criteria sound quite straightforward, each part of it has to be proven – this can involve building a solid case, which is likely to require the expertise of a law firm.
Using a law firm
If you have all the required proof, medical reports and are within the time constraints, the next thing you need to do is approach a law firm to help you make your claim – it is, after all, a legal process.
25,000 victims a month contact Accident Advice Helpline because of the reputation we have for giving our claimants the highest quality service when making their personal injury compensation claim.
We make the whole process as easy as possible, including providing multiple ways for you to contact us – either via the website or over the phone.
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Date Published: 17th April 2014
Author: Louise Thacker