Examples of successful whiplash injury compensation claims - Side-on collision
We received a call in April 2005 from a man enquiring about making a compensation claim after having been involved in a side-on car crash one month before. He had been driving to work on a foggy morning and was just passing a junction when another driver pulled out into the road, their front bumper colliding with his near-side wheel arch.
His car, a three-door hatchback, spun across the tarmac and came to rest in a hedge. It was written off in the crash, but as most of the impact had been absorbed by the passenger side he avoided serious personal injury, and at first thought he had escaped from the car accident unscathed.
The other car, which had been travelling relatively slowly at the moment of impact, sustained only minor damage, and the driver was unhurt. They exchanged insurance details and addresses, noted each other's registration plate numbers and waited together for our driver's breakdown service to come and tow his car away.
In the aftermath of the vehicle accident, and for the rest of that morning, he felt calm and uninjured. He joked with concerned friends about a lucky escape and got a lift into work for the afternoon, seeing no reason to stay home.
By the evening, however, things had taken a turn for the worse. He didn't realise it at the time, but at the moment of impact with the other car and in the spin which followed, his head had been shaken violently from side to side, causing a latent neck injury.
He began to develop the symptoms of a whiplash injury. His neck and back grew sore and tightened up, limiting his range of head movement. A throbbing headache developed at the top of his spine and spread over one of his eyes. He felt dizzy on waking or standing up - although the former became less of a problem as the constant aches and pains made it difficult to get any sleep. Read more about the signs and symptoms of whiplash injury.
A friend suggested he was suffering from a whiplash injury and, after a painful trip to his local surgery, his GP confirmed it. He was ordered off work for two weeks, prescribed pain killers and told to get plenty of bed rest. Read more about diagnosis and prognosis of whiplash injury.
As a small business owner he was forced to close his premises for the fortnight's recovery period, resulting in substantial loss of earnings. He returned to work afterward still suffering the symptoms of his neck injury. It was at this point that he decided to contact a personal injury solicitors firm, and found The Claims Solicitors' website by searching online.
He called a member of our claims team regarding his personal injury case and we advised him that he was in a position to seek whiplash compensation.
Working on a no win no fee basis, our expert personal injury solicitors made a strong and successful case, and he was awarded just over £5,000 in compensation. The money covered his lost earnings, enabling him to get his business back on track, as well as compensating for the pain and suffering he experienced as a result of the whiplash injury. Read more about making a no win no fee claim.
Making a claim for whiplash compensation
This man's whiplash injury wasn't his fault, yet it cost him his car and two agonising weeks of his life - and if he hadn't made a compensation claim with The Claims Solicitors, it might also have cost him his business.
If, like him, you are suffering from a whiplash injury following an accident that wasn't your fault, give us a call on 0800 197 32 32 to find out if you could qualify for personal injury compensation.