I suffered whiplash in an accident and wondered how much compensation for rear ending my car am I entitled to?
Before answering “how much compensation for rear ending my car?” you should be aware that rear end car accidents are recognised as one of the principal reasons for personal injury claims in Ireland. Due to the high volume of these accidents, the potential for false whiplash claims have increased and insurance companies have become less willing to admit their policy holder’s liability for injuries sustained in rear car accidents. It is, therefore, highly recommended that you engage with the services of a solicitor if you feel that you have a viable rear end injury compensation claim.
“How much compensation for rear ending my car” depends entirely on the individual circumstances of your claim; the nature of your injury, its permanence, your recuperation period and how your injury has affected your quality of life and financial situation. Because of this, it is always in your best interests to consult with an experienced personal injury solicitor.
The amount of compensation for your physical injuries are assessed in relation to the Book of Quantum — a publication which assigns a financial value to an extensive list of possible injuries sustained in car accidents and alters the resulting value to account for your age, sex and state of health prior to the accident. Any financial costs or loss of earnings is calculated according to receipts and other financial documents provided to the Injuries Board at the time you submit your application for assessment.
An important factor to consider when asking “how much compensation for rear ending my car?” which is often overlooked is the victim’s “loss of amenity”, i.e. what impact your injuries have had on your quality of life; your ability to perform everyday tasks and partake in social and leisure activities. As there is limited space allocated on the Injuries Board assessment application form to accurately present your loss of amenity, you would be advised to have a solicitor review your application for assessment to make sure that all aspects of your claim are accounted for.
In some cases – whiplash injuries included — where the symptoms of injuries have not fully manifested, it may not be possible to immediately submit a claim for rear end compensation; however, you should still not delay in speaking with a solicitor as soon as possible.