Help making a personal injury compensation claim
If you have suffered a whiplash injury as the result of a car accident, a motorbike accident or any type of road accident you may be entitled to claim for whiplash compensation.
Whiplash injury is usually caused as a result of a road traffic accident in a car. The injury which can affect the bones, discs, muscles, nerves or tendons or the neck occurs when an unexpected force suddenly jerks the head backwards or sideways, followed by a reflect contraction in the opposite direction. Swelling and inflammation occur due to damage caused by the rapid movement which leads to pressure being placed on the nerves. It is very rare for a whiplash injury to damage the bones in the neck.
The Claim Solicitors are a leading personal injury solicitor firm in the UK and have won whiplash compensation claims for thousands of people. Our approach is to provide a friendly and efficient service to make the process of claiming compensation as straightforward as possible.
We can act under our ethical no win, no fee agreement which means that you can pursue your claim knowing that if you lose you will not have to pay us, or your opponent’s solicitor’s costs. If your claim is successful we recover our legal costs from your opponent. In short, there is nothing to lose by pursuing a whiplash compensation claim with The Claim Solicitors personal injury solicitor.
If you have sustained whiplash in an accident that was not your fault and would like to make a claim for whiplash compensation or if you would like to discuss in confidence any matter related to a personal injury claim, please call our claim team on 0800 197 32 32 or complete the claim assessment opposite.
Whiplash compensation - symptoms
Whiplash symptoms are varied and may include all or some of the following:
- Pain or stiffness to the neck, back, jaw, shoulders, or arms
- Dizziness or balance problems
- Numbness, pins and needles, burning or prickling in
shoulders, arms or hands
- Nausea or vomiting
- Difficulty swallowing
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
For the majority of people suffering a whiplash injury the symptoms rarely last longer than six months.
Diagnosis is usually based on observing the patients symptoms, medical history, and a physical and neurological examination to determine the extent of injury to the neck and spine. X-rays may also be used to eliminate the possibility of fracture. Depending on the patient's symptoms, a CAT Scan, MRI, or other imaging tests may be necessary to assess the condition of the cervical spine's soft tissues including intervertebral discs, muscles and ligaments.
Treatment for whiplash injury sustained in a car accident used to involve immobilising the neck with a cervical collar. However early mobilisation is now encouraged, although a soft collar may be used for a short period. Pain medication, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants may be prescribed. Severe injury may still be treated with a surgical collar, cervical traction, heat or ice. Whiplash injury treatment rarely requires surgery.
People who have suffered a whiplash injury are encouraged to resume their normal daily routine as soon as possible - although avoiding certain physical activities that may aggravate the injury, as people who stay active and exercise their necks, despite the pain, typically recover more quickly.
The amount of compensation payable for pain and suffering following a whiplash injury depends on various factors and no two claims are the same. When awarding whiplash compensation consideration is given to severity, the recovery period, and whether or not there are any permanent residual long term symptoms. Further compensation is also payable for financial losses and other expenses caused as a result of the accident.
Please see our compensation awards for a guide on whiplash compensation amounts.
It is important that you seek medical advice as soon as possible following a whiplash injury
by either visiting your doctor or the Accident and Emergency department of your local hospital. The medical record of your injury will be taken into consideration when assessing of the value of your claim, and it will support your claim if the injury is documented as soon as possible.
How we can help if you have a whiplash injury
For free advice on how we can help you pursue a claim for whiplash injury compensation call us now on 0800 197 32 32 or use the form opposite to get your claim underway.