You may be entitled to make whiplash accidents compensation claims, if you have been involved in an accident in the last 3 years, through no fault of your own and suffered whiplash injuries as a result.
You could use the services of the solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline to help you to do this.
In the majority of personal injury claims, the 3 year rule must apply, although there are some exceptions to this rule, such as:
- The time limit is reduced to 2 years if the accident was on a ship or plane, or if you are claiming for a criminal injury
- If you were under 18 at the time of the incident and no one made a claim for you at the time, you have until your 21st birthday in the case of an accident and till your 20th birthday in the case of a criminal injury claim
- If you have an industrial illness or condition, as they can take many years to show themselves, you have 3 years from the date of diagnosis to make your claim
A court can overturn the 3 year rule, but this is extremely rare and tends to only happen when there are mental health issues to contend with.
The other rules in whiplash accidents compensation claims
The other two rules there is no compromising with. Unless the other party admits they were at fault, you have to be able to prove that you were not to blame for the accident, otherwise you cannot make a claim.
The last rule about injuries you will also have to prove. Medical reports will be needed from the medical practitioner that treated your injuries, and sometimes victims are asked to attend an independent medical assessment as well.
Making whiplash accident compensation claims
When you contact Accident Advice Helpline to start your personal injury claim, the first thing our friendly and helpful advisers will check is that you comply with the criteria to make a claim.
Call them on our freephone helpline: 0800 689 0500, and they will answer all you questions about making a claim and give you all the advice you need about making a claim.
Or you could complete the “30-second test” on our website, which will let you know if you qualify to make a claim, and give you an estimate of how much your compensation could be. This can only ever be an estimate at this stage, as there are to many factors that can affect the final award in any personal injury compensation claim.
When victims use our services for their whiplash accidents compensation claims, they do not have have to pay us any cash for the work to be started, nor if the claim is lost.
Date Published: 3rd May 2014
Author: Louise Thacker