What it’s like to be in a collision on the road
It doesn’t matter how major or minor the crash; a road collision will shake you. Along with your injuries, you may also lose your confidence in driving, confidence in being a passenger and your ability to trust people. It’s often something that is completely out of your control but it can cause so much physical and emotional damage. At Accident Advice Helpline, we know how you feel and we believe that making a personal injury claim can boost you in every sense of your recovery when you’re suffering from whiplash, or any other injury. Take a look at what we can do for you.
Why make a claim?
You may have spent a while searching the internet for how you develop whiplash or wondering what the symptoms of whiplash are. If you’ve been diagnosed with whiplash after being in an accident that you did not cause, you deserve to be compensated. Severe whiplash can leave you bed ridden for a certain amount of time which means you may be missing out on work and possibly suffering from loss of income as a result. Treating whiplash can also be costly, especially if you have to factor in childcare costs on top of everything else.
Being in an accident can financially ruin you if you aren’t careful, but making a claim could give you a helping hand. If you are awarded money, you won’t have to worry so much about finances snowballing and you can focus fully on recovering from your injuries. We have been handling claims for whiplash since 2000 – in fact this is one of the most common injuries we handle claims for after road traffic accidents.
What is whiplash?
So what exactly is whiplash? Well, whiplash is an injury to the soft tissues of the neck which occurs when the head and neck are jolted suddenly forwards and backwards, causing damage. This usually happens as a result of impact in a car accident, and although it’s considered a relatively minor injury, it can be painful and debilitating. Whiplash symptoms can affect your life, making it difficult and painful to carry out everyday activities, play sports or other activities and even go to work. You may experience any of the following symptoms of whiplash:
- Stiff neck
- Pain in the neck which is worse when moving your head/neck
- Shooting pain in your arms, back or shoulders
For most people these symptoms resolve themselves without medical treatment within a week or two. However, if your symptoms persist then you may be suffering from chronic whiplash. It’s important to have a proper diagnosis carried out by a medical professional after your accident – and if you decide you want to make a claim for personal injury compensation then we will need to see evidence that you sought medical attention for your injuries.
Recovery time from whiplash
Although recovery time from whiplash is generally a few weeks, there are cases where people need to take months off work to recover fully from their injuries, particularly if they are employed in a physical role. Whiplash symptoms can take time to heal and you may need treatment such as physiotherapy, if your injuries are more severe than the average whiplash injury. If you are still in pain months after your accident, this can affect the amount of personal injury compensation you are entitled to receive.
Your wages may be affected if you need to take more time off work to recover than you expected, but rather than losing sleep worrying how you will pay your mortgage and other household bills, you should consider making a personal injury claim, as you are entitled to claim for loss of earnings, if somebody else’s negligence led to your accident. Contrary to what you may have heard, you don’t need to be involved in a high-speed collision to suffer a whiplash injury, in fact, many people suffer whiplash when their vehicle is stationary or moving slowly and is involved in a rear-end collision with another car.
Claiming compensation for whiplash
Claiming for whiplash can impact you psychologically as well as physically. There’s nothing better than knowing you’ve received the justice you deserve when you’ve been through something where you’ve been treated unfairly. It’s a great confidence booster and many people find themselves able to get back out onto the road when they were too scared to before. Thankfully, the long-term effects of whiplash are often few and far between when it comes to our bodies but our minds have a habit of holding on to insecurities – so don’t let this be one of yours!
How much does claiming cost with Accident Advice Helpline?
Every year, thousands of people miss out on the opportunity to claim compensation after an accident as they think that they simply can’t afford the legal fees involved. Accident Advice Helpline believes that anybody who has been injured should be able to make a personal injury claim. The cost of making a whiplash claim is probably less than you think. Our professional personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, so you won’t have to pay anything upfront. With the cost out of your mind and all of the hard work done by us, there really is nothing for you to worry about.
Get the ball rolling on your claim today
To get started, why don’t you take our 30-second test? After you’ve answered a few simple questions it will give you an idea of the amount of compensation your claim could be worth. This is just a guideline and the actual amount you could receive can vary depending on the severity of your whiplash injuries and their impact on your life. All you need to do then is get in touch with us to get your claim started. Our friendly advisors can assist you when you call us on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. We’re ready to help get the justice you deserve.
Date Published: 22nd January 2013
Author: Rebecca Smith
Category: Whiplash claims