Recently, there have been widespread discussions about whiplash injury compensation claim cases. Even the Government has voiced an opinion and the general press seems to indicate that whiplash injury compensation claim rates are soaring. We hear rumours that the UK is developing a ‘claims culture’ in line with our perceptions of the litigation-friendly US.
But is it true?
Well, the simple answer is yes. The statistics show an increase in whiplash injury compensation claim rates in direct contrast to the fall in road traffic accidents on our roads. Not only is the number of whiplash injury compensation claim cases rising, the average compensation award has also increased dramatically.
So if I have a genuine whiplash injury, what does this mean for me?
For someone with a genuine case of whiplash, this shift in culture has brought about both good and bad changes. The bad news is that there now seems to be a stigma surrounding whiplash claims. The symptoms of whiplash are severe and in some cases life-changing. Disappointingly, there is now the perception that an employee ringing in to work with a whiplash injury may now be seen as only chasing a claim. This is, of course, both unfortunate and unfair.
The good news is that the general awareness of the symptoms and impact of whiplash is now much more widely understood and appreciated, partly reflected in the recent increases in the value of whiplash injury compensation claim awards.
So who do I turn to for help with my whiplash injury compensation claim?
You need to find honest, solid, professional advice from someone you can trust. If you are looking for a company to help with your claim, you need to check who you’re dealing with. Any reputable company should meet these standards:
- A long-established company is likely to offer you more security and will have demonstrated responsible conduct over a number of years, rather than an unregistered ‘fly-by-night’ company that may be willing to deal with cases that are not genuine.
- Free advice and no upfront fees. No company should be asking you for upfront fees and the best companies will be offering to take a case on a no win no fee basis. This prevents you from being put at financial risk if your case is unsuccessful. If a company only accepts genuine cases, they should be prepared to take the financial risk themselves.
- Accessibility – look for a company that you can get in touch with at your convenience, not theirs. Monday to Friday, 9-5 isn’t likely to help you when you need it most.
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Date Published: 9th December 2012
Author: David Brown