Whiplash injury – what can I claim?
If the injury was due to someone else’s negligence, you can claim for compensation. Our solicitors are experts in helping individuals claiming compensation for their injuries. Call us now on freephone 0800 083 5045 or read more about a whiplash injury claim .
Whiplash injury explained
Whiplash injuries are caused when the tendons and ligaments of the neck have received a sudden jolt, and are being stretched too far.
The most common causes of whiplash injuries are car accidents, when another vehicle hits your car from behind. But there are also other accidents that can lead to a whiplash injury:
- Work accidents: when you have had a heavy fall or have been hit with a heavy object.
- Slips and trips: where your body has come to a sudden stop when hitting the floor.
A whiplash injury usually gets better within a few weeks or months. However, for some people it takes longer and can severely limit their activities.
Compensation settlement for a full recovery within three months
If you are lucky enough, you’ll make a full recovery from your injury within a few weeks or months. Your claim will be made for pain and suffering as well as any financial losses, such as expenses for physiotherapy or loss of earnings. Depending on your circumstances, compensation for your pain and suffering can be anything up to £2,150.
Compensation settlement for a full recovery within one to two years
If you suffer from a more serious whiplash injury, it can take you up to two years to fully recover. Your expenses may include:
- Loss of earnings
- Medical treatment
These losses and your pain and suffering are factored into the calculation of your compensation settlement. In these more severe cases, compensation for pain and suffering can be up to £6,920.
So if you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you should claim the compensation you deserve.
Compensation for a whiplash injury with no prospects for a full recovery
In other cases, a whiplash injury can have even more serious consequences, such as:
- Signs of paralysis
- Limited proprioceptive reflexes
- No signs of improvement for months
With a major whiplash injury, you might not know if you will ever make a full recovery. In this case, the compensation settlement can be even higher. These injuries require a careful calculation of your compensation settlement. You might be able to claim several thousand pounds. Contact us, to establish your full legal position.
suffered an injury two years ago and I am still suffering from symptoms. Should I start my compensation claim, although I’m not fully recovered yet?
Absolutely. Generally, you have to claim within three years from your accident although there are exceptions. We therefore recommend you start your claim as soon as possible to have enough time to prepare your case. Contact us today to help you establish your full situation and to keep track of your timeline. For more information about the whiplash injury claims process, read this guide.
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