You guide to whiplash claims for compensation
If you have been in a car accident and injured as a result of someone’s carelessness and negligence then chances are you will be looking for a whiplash claims solicitor. Accident Advice Helpline is one of the leading and most trusted accident management companies in the UK.
Not only can we assess your eligibility for the claim, but we work with specialist whiplash claims solicitors all over the country. We will appoint you a solicitor who has the experience and skills to handle your case and win you the maximum compensation you deserve.
Whiplash: injuries and symptoms
Whiplash is a term used to describe a certain type of injury to the neck. It occurs when there is sudden movement of the head, either forwards and backwards or side to side. Whiplash most commonly occurs from being involved in a car accident, caused by the sudden impact. It can also occur from a fall or sporting accident.
The sudden movement causes the ligaments and muscles in the neck and surrounding area to be overstretched.
Symptoms of whiplash
- Pain in the neck and surrounding area
- Tenderness and swelling in the neck area
- Limited range of movement
- Muscle stiffness or spasms in the neck area
In more severe cases of whiplash there may be some nerve irritation or damage which can affect your hearing and sight.
Diagnosing and treating whiplash
If you have injured your neck or head then it is important that you seek medical assistance as soon as possible. You want to make sure that there is not more serious damage to your spine or brain.
A doctor will diagnose whiplash often with a physical examination and checking the range of movement in the neck.
Anti- inflammatory medication and pain killers are the most common treatments for whiplash. You may also be told to see a physiotherapist who can give you some exercises that will help with recovery.
To assist whiplash claims solicitors in your compensation case it is important that you keep a note of your symptoms, treatment and diagnosis. Whiplash claims solicitors will need this information when calculating and negotiating the compensation amount you should be entitled to.
How whiplash claims solicitors can help
A specialist personal injury solicitor who has experience in dealing with whiplash claims will best be able to handle your claim. They will have the expertise, resources and knowledge to make sure you win the maximum compensation you deserve.
They may suggest you need to be seen by another doctor for a medical assessment. But do not worry they will arrange this for you. Using all the information you provide and the medical reports available your solicitor will calculate a figure they think is appropriate for your injuries and financial losses.
They will firstly write to the negligent party, informing them of the claim and asking whether they admit liability. If liability is admitted the case is fairly straightforward and your solicitor will negotiate the compensation amount.
If liability is disputed the case may have to go to court, but do not worry as in most cases you do not have to attend and your solicitor will handle everything.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 2nd December 2012
Author: David Brown