As a common injury sustained in car accidents, whiplash is one of the leading injuries for which people make compensation claims. Being diagnosed with whiplash could mean that you are unable to work, exercise, drive and carry out other basic tasks – which could leave you out of pocket. Below we detail some of the financial implications of whiplash for you and offer advice on claiming compensation for your injuries.
Financial implications of whiplash
You may wish to consider some of the following, which may affect you if you suffer a whiplash injury after a car crash:
Being unable to work
For many people, being unable to work because of an injury could leave you with a loss of earnings. This is because many employers fail to pay their staff sick pay or just offer statutory sick pay. Without your full salary, you may not be able to make payments on your mortgage or rent, as well as fall behind on loan and card payments. If you are put in this situation, compensation for your accident could be what you need to avoid getting into debt.
Not being able to drive
With whiplash, it is often advisable that you don’t drive. If you are forced to rely on public transport or even public transport to get to work, make your doctor’s appointments or even get the kids to school, the costs could soon start to add up, leaving you severely out of pocket.
Paying for medical treatment
While the NHS will most likely cover your main treatment costs, you may need to pay for prescriptions and other treatments not offered for free. For some time after your accident you may need physiotherapy or a visit to a chiropractor, which isn’t always covered. If your recovery takes weeks or even months as most whiplash injuries do, you could be left with an expensive medical bill to pay by the end.
Compensation for whiplash from a car crash in North Devon
If you are left with expenses and bills to pay following a whiplash injury, then compensation could be what you need to keep your finances in order. Claiming compensation is simpler than you’d think with a specialist law firm like Accident Advice Helpline. We take care of all the hard work for you so that you don’t have to concern yourself with forms and paperwork whilst you recover.
To be eligible to make a claim, your accident must have occurred within the last three years and been someone else’s fault. We can help you work out your eligibility with our free 30-second online test or you can give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 (0333 500 0993 from mobiles).
Date Published: 15th July 2015
Author: David Brown