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An example of a successful whiplash injury compensation claim - Head-on collision

When a 28-year-old van courier approached a humpback bridge in the middle of sleepy Welsh countryside, she never anticipated the sports car which came careering over the peak in front of her.

It was a miracle the other driver was not killed in the ensuing car crash. The front end of the sports car was mangled almost beyond recognition on the bonnet of the van and fire-fighters had to be called in to cut the man from the wreckage.

By comparison, the van escaped with dents and scratches to the cab but no significant damage to the engine or chassis. The courier herself was badly shaken by the road accident and seemingly unharmed.

Traffic lights before the bridge had been in her favour and there was no question that the sports car driver had been at fault. However, as he needed urgent medical attention for a suspected spinal cord injury there was no chance for the drivers to swap insurance details. Instead, the courier was delayed for three hours while police questioned her.

She eventually arrived at her final drop feeling a little tight in her chest and upper back. But she attributed this to a long day at the wheel rather than the car crash itself. With an hour's drive back to the depot ahead she set off, already worried about her boss's reaction to the damaged van and anxious to get back before closing time.

But as it turned out, neither she nor the van would make it back that night.

After about 15 minutes on the motorway she began feeling dizzy and out of breath. She was alarmed when sudden joint stiffness made it impossible to look about her in the cab or keep in proper control of the vehicle, and pulled over to the hard shoulder as soon as possible. The courier was in agony from shooting neck and back pain when she called the emergency services for the second time that day.

Paramedics rushed her to a local A&E, where she was diagnosed with a severe whiplash injury. Read more about the diagnosis of whiplash injuries.

At the moment of impact with the sports car earlier that day, her body had jerked forwards in the seat and then was forced back down just as quickly by the seat belt, a movement magnified into a whipping motion through her head and neck. The strain on muscles and soft tissues of her neck caused a whiplash injury but its symptoms had taken several hours to develop. Read more about the signs and symptoms of whiplash injury.

After spending the following day in observation at the hospital, she was discharged home under strict instructions to rest in bed until all the symptoms of her neck injury had cleared, a recovery period which ended up lasting ten days.

To begin with, she was in constant neck and shoulder pain and suffered terrible headaches which made sleeping very difficult. Gradually the pain lessened and by the tenth day her doctor was able to confirm she was physically fit to go back to work.

As she was employed through an agency, the company she made deliveries for was not obliged to provide sick pay for her period of absence. Sadly, she was forced to take out a loan to cover the shortfall in cash.

On her return, the courier's boss recommended she try making a personal injury claim through The Claim Solicitors to recoup her lost earnings. She called us to discuss her eligibility for car accident compensation and one of our expert solicitors offered to represent her on a no win no fee basis. Read more about making a no win no fee claim.

Her claim was successful and she was awarded just over 2,500 in personal injury compensation.

Claiming accident compensation for a whiplash injury

If you have been affected by a whiplash injury following a non-fault road traffic accident, there's a good chance you're entitled to car accident compensation.

We work on a no win, no fee basis. What this means is that, in the event your case is not successful, you won't be charged a penny. It means that making a claim is a completely risk free process - this lets you focus on getting better, not worrying about money.

Call us today on 0800 197 32 32 and find out if you're eligible for a no win no fee whiplash injury claim.