Sustaining a whiplash injury in Portpatrick could mean that your everyday life undergoes some major changes for a while. But it needn’t be fraught with difficulty, because Accident Advice Helpline can help you to claim compensation.
Many whiplash injuries occur as the result of a car accident. If this happens to you, there are certain things that you will need to do so as to ensure that you have the best possible chance of getting the payout that you deserve.
Checklist: the scene of the accident
You should first make sure that everyone is all right, yourself included! If anyone is injured, call the police; you should also involve the police if there is any property damage. If people are badly injured, then get an ambulance, too.
At the scene, it is important to gather the other driver’s contact details and the details of their insurance company. Get their name and address – and, while you’re at it, get contact details of any witnesses at the scene. Car accidents are often witnessed, and their account of what happened could be helpful to your case.
You should also take photographs. With your camera, you can capture the driving conditions at the time of the accident, as well as any damage to your vehicle.
What to do if you find that you have sustained a whiplash injury in Portpatrick
The trouble with whiplash is that it usually takes a while for the symptoms to show. Many people find that they cannot move their neck properly the following morning, and that it is stiff and tender. In pain, they call their GP’s surgery.
The GP diagnoses whiplash quite easily, pretty much on the spot, and sends the patient home to rest, with instructions to take it easy for a few weeks and take painkillers as and when needed; the injury should clear up within a matter of weeks.
What the doctor may not tell their patient is that whiplash can have some negative financial effects.
Financial problems from whiplash – and what to do about them
Your finances may be affected because your outgoings increase and your income decreases. This happens because you could need to take time off work while you recover from your whiplash injury in Portpatrick, which leaves you at risk of losing wages.
Meanwhile, so that your household still runs relatively smoothly, you hire a home help to deal with your chores, a childminder to take your kids to school, and various taxis to get out and about (after all, you can’t drive while you’re nursing a neck injury, can you?).
Claiming compensation means that you could claw back your losses! Why not start the process now? All you need to do is call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Alternatively, text “claim365” to 88010, and someone will be in touch with you.
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