Making a whiplash injury claim
If you have suffered a whiplash injury in a car accident, sporting accident or any other accident through no fault of your own then you may be able to make a compensation claim. Read more about common causes of whiplash injury.
A whiplash injury may cause you to experience unpleasant physical symptoms such as neck pain, headaches and dizziness as well as mood alterations so you may wish to claim for pain and suffering. Read more about whiplash injury signs and symptoms.
Your injury may also be so uncomfortable and restrictive that you have to take time off work. This can cause you to lose earnings and in extreme cases you may not be able to continue in your previous employment.
Depending on the circumstances in which you sustained your whiplash injury you may be entitled to compensation.
For example, when a passenger in your friend's car they have a legal duty of care for you. If they begin driving around a roundabout backwards and cause an accident they would fail to meet the standard of reasonable behaviour pertaining to that duty. If you sustain a whiplash injury as a result of their negligence they would be liable for your injury and you would be entitled to pursue a claim against their insurance company.
At The Claim Solicitors, we have a fantastic success rate with such cases and we recover over £10 million in personal injury compensation for our clients every year.
We know that a monetary award cannot fully recompense you for the amount of pain and suffering you have endured or any irreplaceable losses you have experienced but it will go a long way towards getting you back on the road to recovery.
Whiplash injury compensation types
When making a whiplash injury claim there are two types of damages that you can claim for: general damages and special damages.
General damages usually relate to the whiplash injury itself and include:
- Pain, suffering, discomfort and distress
- Loss of congenial employment
- Other lifestyle changes
- Special damages
Claims for special damages may include:
- Loss of earnings
- Cost of medical treatment and prescriptions.
Read more about treatments for whiplash injury.
- Travel to and from medical appointments
- Personal items lost or damaged during the accident
- Motor insurance policy excess
- Anticipated loss of earnings
- The cost of on-going medical care, therapy and special accommodation
Whiplash injury compensation amounts
The amount of compensation that you receive for a whiplash injury will depend on a variety of factors including:
- The severity of the injury
- Whether a full recovery is made or expected
- The time it takes to gain full recovery
- Whether any residual difficulties are expected
The ranges of compensation are as follows:
- £750 to £2,500 - minor soft tissue and whiplash injuries with full recovery between a few weeks and a year.
- £2,500 to £4,250 - minor soft tissue and whiplash injuries where full recovery takes place within about two years.
- £4,250 to £7,750 - moderate whiplash injuries where the period of recovery has been prolonged and where an increased vulnerability to further trauma remains.
- £7,500 to £13,750 - more severe whiplash injury and disc lesion resulting in cervical spondylosis, extremely limited movement, permanent or recurring pain, stiffness and discomfort , the possible need for further surgery and increased vulnerability to further trauma.
No win no fee whiplash injury claims
The Claim Solicitors , have a no win no fee policy. Basically, no win no fee means that your personal injury solicitor will only receive their fees if your claim is successful. It means making a compensation claim with us is completely free of financial risk, leaving you with nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Making a whiplash injury claim today
Making a no win no fee whiplash injury claim is simple. Just fill out one of our online assessment forms and we will call you back whenever it is convenient. Alternatively, you can call our friendly 24-hour claim team on 0800 197 32 32.