Claims for whiplash compensation are the single most common injury compensation case dealt with by personal injury compensation solicitors – accounting for 75% of all claims related to road traffic accidents in 2007.
However, it is not just in road traffic accidents that claims for whiplash compensation originate. Whiplash is a general medical term used to describe injuries to the neck, shoulders and lower back that affect the soft tissues such as muscles, ligaments and tendons. It is caused by rapid backward and forward movement of the head, compressing and then over-extending the ligaments that surround the top of the spine. Although this most frequently happens when being hit from behind by a vehicle travelling at speed, whiplash compensation claims can also be appropriate when accidents happen due to negligence in the workplace, during participation in sports, accidents caused by poorly maintained amusement park rides and even a child falling from a bouncy castle when not properly supervised.
Specific whiplash injuries are particularly difficult to diagnose because they are rarely apparent in x-rays, MRI scans or CAT scans, and doctors normally rely on the symptoms described by the patient to facilitate treatment. A further complication is that symptoms of whiplash may take several days to manifest, and whereas you may have felt lucky to have survived a road traffic accident unscathed, once you start feeling dizzy, experience pins and needles or start to have frequent headaches, you should see a doctor immediately. Only once you have received appropriate medical attention should you consult a solicitor regarding a claim for whiplash compensation.
Making a Claim for Whiplash Compensation
Hopefully your minor symptoms of whiplash remain just a temporary inconvenience, but symptoms from whiplash have been known to affect the flow of blood to the brain (resulting in post-trauma brain damage) or the breakdown of nerve roots in the spinal cord which leads to chronic pain and possibly permanent disability. Because of the potential for late developing trauma directly associated with your accident, it is essential that you seek medical advice as soon as possible after the event and never entertain approaches from insurance companies with early offers of whiplash compensation.
Arrangements for obtaining the correct amount of whiplash compensation should be put into the hands of a solicitor. They are aware of the possible long-term effects of a whiplash injury, and are in a more educated position to negotiate an adequate amount of whiplash compensation which befits the trauma you suffered at the time of the accident and any post-trauma distress.
If you have been involved in an accident where you suffered a whiplash injury through no fault of your own, you should call our free advice line and seek professional counsel. This free advice is not exclusively for victims of road traffic accidents, but any incident where you may be entitled to whiplash compensation due to an accident caused by negligence or lack of care by another person. Not only is our advice free of charge, but you are under no obligation to proceed with a claim for whiplash compensation thereafter.
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What Happens Next?
When you call our free advice line, you will be transferred to a solicitor with extensive experience of whiplash compensation claims. They will ask you to explain the circumstances of your accident, your injuries and what medical treatment you received. They will listen as you describe what happened and ask any relevant questions that may help build a case for whiplash compensation should you choose to proceed with a claim.
Once you have explained about the accident, they will offer a number of suggestions about whether you should proceed with a claim for whiplash compensation and the chances you have of success. This will help you determine whether it is worth your while to sue for whiplash compensation.
If you do choose to proceed (and you can take your time to decide if you want to), our solicitor will guide you through the procedures that need to be followed in your claim for whiplash compensation and advise you of any costs that may be involved along the way.
After that, we will submit your claim to the Injuries Board and see if they determine a fair amount of whiplash compensation which is accepted by the liable party, and adequate to cover the trauma you suffered in your accident and any ongoing consequences. Should the liable party contest the award, or it is an unacceptable amount, we will pursue the claim through the courts on your behalf until a satisfactory solution is determined.
The initial step, of course, is yours. We can do nothing to help until we receive your call to our free advice line on 1800 911 940
If you cannot call us right away, please leave your details in the call back form at the top of the page, and one of our personal injury solicitors will get back to you at a more convenient time.