Can Whiplash Injury Compensation Amounts be Guaranteed?
We gain security from knowing that something is guaranteed, and if individuals’ whiplash injury compensation amounts could be guaranteed, it would be nice. We are all familiar with the term guarantee; it has become a part of our lives. Few will be aware of its origins and the impact it has had on modern society.
There are several forms of guarantee and most of them have a financial implication. We are all familiar with the money-back guarantee for goods we purchase. This form of money-back guarantee was first created by Richard Sears, the co-founder of the one of America’s largest chains of shops. Sears started a direct mail company and customers were nervous about purchasing without seeing the goods first. Sears said he would return their money; we see here the birth of the guarantee.
It would be great if, when an injury was sustained, a guaranteed amount would be received in compensation, particularly regarding whiplash injury compensation amounts. The fact is, every case is looked at as an individual case. There are hundreds of factors in each case as variables that change the possible outcome. Surely an exact amount can be guaranteed that a person will receive?
When individuals ring Accident Advice Helpline with a view to claiming compensation for a whiplash injury, they are guided through the process, and chances are they will be put in touch with one of the 200 solicitors from Accident Advice Helpline who specialise in compensation claims. From the start of the process, it is made very clear that whiplash injury compensation amounts cannot be guaranteed. We have covered the reasons already; each case is individual and, in some respects, it would be foolish just to guarantee a set amount.
As with all compensation claims, the impact of the injury in each case is different. The real issue is, claims are based on the impact the injury has on the individual. If whiplash injury compensation amounts are set at a certain level and the impact on the client required a greater amount of compensation than the set amount, then the client has lost out. In the eyes of the law this would not be fair.
There are guidelines for injury lawyers so they have a loose idea of the range of whiplash injury compensation amounts that are likely to be paid, but nothing is guaranteed. This is a good thing because it gives the law the freedom to set new precedents and award higher amounts to victims.
Injury lawyers and experts agree that guarantees of injury whiplash compensation amounts would put an artificial ceiling on the potential claim amounts and this would not be good for the client. The guidelines are there to help the process but no minimum can ever be guaranteed in any injury compensation case.
If you want to make an injury claim or find out more about whiplash injury compensation amounts then give Accident Advice Helpline’s free advice line a call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: 30th November 2012
Author: David Brown