Claiming whiplash compensation in the UK can be very different from making a personal injury claim in other countries. Most of the world recognises that if you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you are entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, and to be repaid for any expenses incurred because of the accident, but each country has its own rules and regulations.
When it comes to claiming whiplash compensation in the UK, we are probably less regulated than some other countries, although the majority have similar rules to us. But there are ones where:
- If you are travelling at less than 10 kmp, it is deemed that serious injuries cannot happen, so no claim can be made.
- For whiplash injuries the claim has to be made within 72 hours of the accident.
- All medical treatment is paid for, for as long as it is needed, but no cash payment is made.
These are just three examples of how other countries handle whiplash claims, all in an effort to weed out fraudulent claims.
Claiming whiplash compensation in the UK
To claim whiplash compensation in the UK, you have to fit criteria laid down in law:
- Someone else must have been to blame for the accident
- You must have sustained injuries that needed medical treatment in the accident
- The accident must have happened within the last three years
This criterion applies to all personal injury claims, not just ones for whiplash compensation in the UK.
As with all rules, there are some exceptions, but these only relate to the time limit, and can be fully explained when you speak to Accident Advice Helpline when you want to make a claim.
We deal in more than whiplash claims
It is not only whiplash claims that we deal with. Any accident that was not your fault comes within the scope of personal injury claims, and we deal with them all.
Accidents at work, road traffic accidents, slip trip and fall accidents, medical negligence and fatal accidents are all ones that we are asked to handle on a regular basis and over the last 14 years we have amassed a great deal of knowledge about them all.
No win no fee
For many years, although UK law said that innocent victims were entitled to compensation, in reality only the rich could afford the legal cots of making a claim. But then in April 2000, the use of conditional fee agreements was introduced, and this opened the doors for everyone.
Finances no longer have to be a consideration for anyone wanting to make a claim, only how much better their finances could be when they have won their compensation. But the cost of starting a claim, or losing one for that matter, is all covered by the no win no fee agreement, which is what this has become better known as.
Our friendly advisors, on our freephone helpline 0800 689 0500 from a landline or dial 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, will explain this and anything else you would like to know about making a personal injury compensation claim.
Date Published: 21st May 2014
Author: Louise Thacker