Whiplash is a name that people use to describe a certain type of neck injury. You can make a whiplash claims compensation if you have suffered whiplash in an accident that was not your fault. It is a common injury to suffer in car accidents. However, it does not just happen after car crashes. Some people get whiplash from falls and from being hit over the head with a solid object.
Whiplash claims compensation – causes of whiplash
Whiplash is caused when there is a violent jolt to the head. It causes the soft tissues of the neck to stretch more than is normal. Soft tissues are the muscles, the ligaments and the tendons but not the bones. It can happen if your car is hit from the front, back or sides. It is thought that a correctly adjusted head restraint will decrease the risk of severe whiplash. When you contact a compensation provider like Accident Advice Helpline, you will have an opportunity to use the details of the accident in a unique 30 second test. It will estimate how much compensation you would receive if you decided to make a claim. You can call Accident Advice Helpline anytime you want, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
Whiplash claims compensation – symptoms of whiplash
Whiplash can cause a wide range of symptoms. They can include:
- Neck pain
- Neck stiffness
Whiplash does not always come on at the scene of the crash. Many people find that it develops 6-12 hours later. Most people will get better by themselves in time. However, in severe cases, chronic whiplash develops and goes on for months. You can report all of your symptoms to the highly trained advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. They are endorsed by TV consumer champion, Esther Rantzen. You will be allocated a personal injury lawyer from one of a national network of over 200 legal partners. You will be allocated a lawyer who is experienced in handling whiplash cases.
Whiplash claims compensation amounts
The amounts of compensation vary and cannot be guaranteed at the start of the claim. In general, more severe injuries get more money. The money is for the injury itself and for any financial loss that you have suffered as a result of being injured. People claim for things like loss of earnings and for childcare. The most important thing is that you will not have to pay any upfront legal costs as your case will be handled on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. The length of time taken to resolve cases also varies.
Whiplash claims compensation process
Once you have decided to claim, your Accident Advice Helpline personal injury lawyer will guide you through the process. Most claims are handled over the telephone and it is actually quite rare for a claim to end up in court. You will have an assessment of your injuries during a visit with a medical expert. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: 7th February 2013
Author: Louise Thacker