Claiming Compensation for Whiplash
If you’re suffering from whiplash, you may well be struggling even to think about making a compensation claim. We know that making an injury claim can be a daunting prospect and that you may not even know where to start.
We understand this, which is why a simple chat with us can lift the stress and worry about whether you can make a claim. Our advisors will listen to your story and guide you through what you can do to start an injury claim.
The bottom line is, if you have suffered whiplash and it was caused by someone else, you may be entitled to compensation. Whether you were the driver or passenger of a car that was hit by another car, or maybe you were a taxi, coach or bus passenger, you may be able to make a claim for whiplash injuries – as well as any other injuries you may also have suffered in the incident.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is a soft tissue injury which easily occurs if the head is suddenly jolted backwards, forwards or sideways. Unsurprisingly, whiplash injuries are the most common type of injury caused in road traffic accidents. For instance, a vehicle shunting the rear of a stationary or moving car will most probably cause those in both cars to have their head thrown forwards and back again, causing soft tissue injuries.
The reality is, every whiplash injury is different. It can be unpleasant at best and, in more serious cases, it can be very painful and debilitating – needing a longer time of rest and healing to get you back to normal. It’s because these injuries vary so much that a free initial chat can really help put your mind at rest.
Unfortunately many people suffer from whiplash injuries after being involved in road traffic accidents, however these injuries can also be sustained from other types of accidents, such as slips, trips and falls. It is any incident where the body has been jolted and muscle and soft tissue damage to the neck and back are sustained.
What we will do for you
When you call us, we will ask you about what happened and how you sustained the whiplash injury. We will listen carefully to your account so that we can get a clear insight into the full extent of the injury on your personal, social and working life – and even on your future.
If someone should be held responsible for your injury, we can then help you access free specialist legal advice from experienced whiplash injury lawyers. This will the give you a clear picture of how your claim might then proceed.
Every vehicle driver has a legal duty of care towards other road users. If they fail to reach an acceptable standard of driving, for example, failing to stop in time so that they hit the car in front, you can make a claim.
It’s not unusual to make an injury claim if you’re a passenger in the vehicle being driven by the person who caused the accident. If this describes your situation, it can really help to put your mind at rest to know that if the driver was a family member or a friend, you needn’t worry about the implications of making a claim. Any claim will be against their insurance company and not the individual.
What you can claim
You can claim for the actual injuries you have suffered – this is called ‘general damages’. How much your claim will be worth varies significantly depending on the nature and extent of your injuries, but your solicitor will talk you through this.
You can also claim for any accident-related financial losses known as ‘special damages’, such as:
Loss of earnings, overtime and bonuses
Travel expenses to hospital and appointments
Any other costs and expenses incurred due to the accident
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What you can do
It is really important to call us as soon as you feel able to while the events are fresh in your mind. Even if you can’t remember everything now, it is amazing how quickly you will remember the events with some careful questions.
It’s useful to know that the pain and other after effects of whiplash injury can take some days to become apparent, so it’s vital to be aware of any new pain or changes to your movement in the aftermath of an accident. Symptoms could include dizziness, backache, blurred vision and even memory loss, so think about keeping a diary of how you are feeling.
It is important to do what you can at home to aid your recovery. The NHS recommended that you keep moving and stick to your normal everyday activities as much as possible. It also recommends using an ice pack a few times a day, taking painkillers and using a supportive pillow if that would help you sleep more comfortably while you recover.
Get in touch
You may still be unsure about whether to bother even thinking about making a compensation claim, especially if you feel your whiplash is minor. However, it is always worth having an initial chat with us to see find out if you can claim. We don’t put any pressure on to take it further after we’ve chatted.
And if you decide to get in touch, the sooner you call us the faster we can get you in touch with a specialist whiplash lawyer and get the ball rolling with your claim.
You can count on our support from the outset. Our aim is to make the compensation process simple and straightforward for you, removing the stress as much as we can.
You can start your claim today. Contact us, it’s free to give our team a call and we can get you the advice you need from our experienced claim specialists.