Claiming compensation – the myths and the facts!
There are many misconceptions about whiplash and so here we attempt to clear up some of these myths – which, will hopefully explain why you have suffered the injury, as well as how to claim for your whiplash injury in Derry.
Speed is not the issue!
Even if you are involved in an impact at 10mph, you can still sustain this nasty injury. Infact, scientists have proven that mild whiplash can occur in impacts of 5mph! The majority of people claiming for a whiplash injury in Derry are doing so after an impact of less than 12 mph.
No damage to the car = no damage to you – not true!
Many people assume that because there is no structural damage to their car, there is no damage to them and then wonder where the pain in the neck and shoulders is coming from a few hours later. It pays to get checked out after any collision or impact, minor or otherwise – if you are thinking of claiming compensation for your whiplash injury in Derry this will be a precursor to your claim.
The effects of whiplash are not immediate
Many people assume that if they had this kind of neck and shoulder injury it would be immediately obvious but it is not. Whiplash can take hours to develop, with the first noticeable signs within a few hours of the collision.
Women can suffer from the effects of this type of injury more as their neck bones are smaller than a male; likewise, those who are older in years may find that they also suffer badly from whiplash. The neck in a collision is snapped back and forth by the impacts, stretching muscles and ligaments as they attempt to keep the bones in place; poor posture or any skeletal problems can impact on how serious your injury is.
Why claim for your whiplash injury in Derry?
If you have been hurt and it was not your fault, then according to the law, you are entitled to claim compensation. This is not something new or something we have borrowed from America! It has been part of personal injury law for a long time and is there to protect innocent people who are hurt, due to someone else’s actions or negligence.
Whiplash is one of those injuries. If you think you have a claim for compensation for a whiplash injury in Derry, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a land line or dial 0333 500 0993 from a mobile at a time that suits you. Call now!
Date Published: 15th June 2014
Author: David Brown