Michaelwood is a service area on the M5, near Dursley in Gloucestershire. If you receive a whiplash injury in Michaelwood services (and you might, as you can sustain a whiplash injury in accidents which are not traffic-related), then you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim for it.
Have you suffered a whiplash injury in Michaelwood?
Although you might have sustained a whiplash injury at Michaelwood services, it isn’t as likely as suffering one in a place in which there is heavy traffic. Drivers rarely speed around service areas as though they were in Brands Hatch; however, while you are at the services, you might slip, trip and fall and sustain a whiplash injury in Michaelwood this way.
In order to make a personal injury compensation claim for any injury sustained in an accident, you must be able to prove that the accident was not your fault. You will also need a personal injury lawyer with the appropriate expertise to represent you.
Bogus claims for whiplash
The UK government brought in new measures to combat false whiplash injury claims in 2013, and then again in 2014 others were introduced. Unscrupulous drivers were staging accidents so that they could make fraudulent claims for whiplash, and the insurance industry believed that it was paying through the nose for bogus claims. One incident involved a coach braking to avoid a car which had swerved into its path, and all the passengers (or so it seemed) claimed for whiplash injuries. However, when the case went to court, the driver of the coach pointed out that some of the passengers had run to the nearest pub immediately after the ‘accident’ and could not have been injured as there had not been a collision of any force. The ‘accident’ had been planned in order to get money for bogus injuries.
Under the new government measures, you have to undergo a second medical examination with an approved doctor, for which you will have to pay. Of course, if you have a genuine whiplash injury, the laws will not affect you.Open Claim Calculator
Accident Advice Helpline
If you have any kind of personal injury compensation claim to make, then we at Accident Advice Helpline are here to support you. You can visit our website to find out more about who we are and how we may be able to help you. We suggest you take our 30-second test, which will give you an estimate of how much you could receive in compensation for your injuries if your claim is successful. When you have done that, you might be encouraged to call us on one of our freephone numbers. Call us at any time on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Why not call now for expert legal advice?