Whiplash is one of the most common injuries people suffer in car accidents and surprisingly, perhaps, more women than men suffer from it. It is understandable that if you have made a whiplash claim you will want to know the average whiplash timescale. However, the honest answer is that no one can tell you that. This is partly because there are different degrees of severity of whiplash and the symptoms can last from between a month and more than six months.
How long is the average whiplash claim timescale?
If you suffered from a mild form of whiplash and the person responsible for the accident admitted culpability, then you could get an offer of compensation within three months from the date that your solicitor sent an initial letter to the defendant’s insurers detailing your claim and asking for it to be settled. If, however, the person denies responsibility, the claim will take longer to be settled as it might have to go through the court.
How long is the average whiplash claim timescale if the injury is severe?
The answer to this is that your solicitor will advise you to wait until you are fully recovered from the injury to submit a claim. This could take a year or perhaps more if you have chronic whiplash. You may have vertigo and you might have to undergo an operation in order to stop this condition reoccurring.
Even after you have recovered, you may still be feeling anxious or depressed and any claim for compensation should take this into account. You may not be able to perform routine daily tasks with your usual efficiency after sustaining a whiplash injury, and this could affect your quality of life and ultimately it could cost you your job. It is best to wait to make a personal injury compensation claim until all the effects of the injury are known.
The more severe your whiplash injury, the more compensation you will receive as it covers loss of quality of life, loss of earnings and the pain, distress and suffering caused to you because of it.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you are uncertain about whether or not you have grounds to make any personal injury compensation claim, or if you are unable to find an experienced solicitor to take your case, then we at Accident Advice Helpline could be able to help you.
You can visit our Accident Advice Helpline website to find out more information about us and our services, or, if you would prefer, you can simply phone us for expert legal advice on one of our freephone numbers. You can call us at any time, every day of the years as our lines are open 24/7.
On a landline call 0800 689 0500 and on your mobile, the number to ring is 0333 500 0993. Why not call now for expert legal advice about your possible personal injury claim.
Date Published: 14th September 2013