Whiplash Claims

Have you suffered severe whiplash that affects your daily life? If you weren’t the one at fault, you may be eligible to claim whiplash compensation.

Here at 1Solicitors, we have a knowledgeable and professional team of personal injury lawyers that can help you to claim the compensation that you deserve. Considering that it can be a painful injury and have long-term effects on your health, we believe that it’s something you should be awarded in the event of it occurring due to the negligence of another person.

What is a whiplash injury?

Whiplash is a relatively common injury and although it is usually associated with road traffic accidents it can occur after any impact or blow to the head neck or shoulders including sports injuries, horse riding, cycling accidents and  physical abuse such as being punched, shaken or a blow to the head.

Many people think of whiplash as a minor injury, but the reality is that it can have painful, long-lasting effects on your life in some severe cases the symptoms can even be permanent.

It occurs when a sudden impact causes a rapid movement of the head and the neck to jolt backwards and then forwards forcefully, the sudden force stretches and tears the muscles in your neck.

How are whiplash injury claims classified?

Because the effects of whiplash can vary from short-term damage to long-lasting health complications, the level of whiplash compensation that you may be entitled to depends largely on your experience.

Wherever possible, we’d recommend taking images of the incident in which your whiplash occurred, as well as keeping note of medical documents that may support your case.

What are the types of whiplash accident claim?

Whiplash happens when your body experiences a sudden acceleration to deceleration force, causing the back of your head or neck to strain. You may also suffer with swelling, headaches or nausea as a side effect of whiplash.

It can happen in a variety of circumstances, with the most common including:

Who can claim whiplash compensation?

Anyone who has experienced whiplash within the past three years is able to make whiplash injury claims. However, you must be able to prove that somebody else was liable for the accident, such as another motorist or your employer.

Can I claim compensation for whiplash in children?

You’re able to make whiplash injury claims on behalf of a child within the three-year period after the incident.

What are the most common side effects/symptoms of a whiplash injury?

  • Pain in the neck, shoulders and back. This can range from mild pins and needles to excruciating pain.
  • Decreased range of motion, and tightness in the neck.
  • Pain when moving your head from side to side or backward and forward or stiffness when moving your head to look over each shoulder.
  • Headaches at the base of the skull that radiate towards the forehead.
  • There could also be tingling, weakness, or numbness that radiates into the shoulder and/or down the arm.
  • Problems with balance or coordination
  • Fatigue
  • Visual disturbance
  • Ringing in your ears (Tinnitus)
  • Chronic whiplash can also leave sufferers with psychological and emotional symptoms, such as anxiety or depression.

Whiplash can be very painful, it can  limit your mobility and can stop you from being able to work and driving while you recover. It can affect different people in different ways, and you may not necessarily be suffering from all of the symptoms mentioned above.

Can I claim for whiplash side effects?

If you suffer with whiplash from a specific accident, any other side effects that you experience can be used towards your compensation for whiplash. Whether you were the driver of a car, a passenger in a car or on public transport , a cyclist or pedestrian, involved in a sporting injury or any accident that wasn’t your fault and you sustained a whiplash injury you could make a compensation claim.

What do you do if you have sustained a whiplash injury?

If you experience any physical symptoms after a whiplash injury no matter the circumstances it is very important that you seek medical attention. GP’s are always able to advise and give you simple analgesics to help with the pain or swelling and If necessary they can arrange any further investigations  that they feel may be required. If pain persists they are also able to refer you for physio therapy. If however you are involved in a high impact collision it is advisable that the emergency services are contacted to assess the severity of any injuries.

How long do the symptoms of whiplash injury usually last?

The symptoms of whiplash may not be noticeable immediately, they can take 6 – 12 hours to develop or sometimes longer. These symptoms can also gradually worsen for several days after the accident. Symptom persists and may continue for several months after the accident which caused the initial injury.

The majority of people that sustain a whiplash injury can completely recover within 3 months, however depending on the severity of the impact , symptoms can persist and lead to chronic pain and ongoing health problems.

Establishing liability for the incident

Usually, the first question that a Court will answer when analysing a whiplash accident claim is “who is liable for the accident?”. Simply put, this is where you must be able to prove that somebody else was responsible for the injury.

If you’re unsure or would like some assistance on establishing liability for whiplash claims, our legal team can explain your rights to explore your options.

If you have suffered from a whiplash injury, we can help.

We look at each case on an individual basis to make sure you get the help you need.

When making your claim,  As well as covering the pain and suffering of your whiplash, your solicitor will also consider:

  • Medical expenses, including private treatment and prescription costs
  • Loss of earnings
  • Travel and accommodation costs
  • Care, even if given for free by a friend or family member
  • Loss of hobbies, sports and social activities
  • The future impact of your injuries (Including both physical and psychological factors)

How much compensation for whiplash could I get?

The level of compensation that you can be awarded for a whiplash injury may depend on the accident in which it happened, as well as the side effects that you may be suffering with.

However, a Court will award whiplash compensation based on the following:

General damages – which is a payout for your physical or mental pain and suffering

Special damages – which is a payout to cover any additional costs that you’ve had to pay, such as travel costs or private medical treatment.

Whiplash claims calculator

For an estimation on how much you could receive from whiplash accident claims, our online calculator tool will allow you to enter your details for a rough guide on what you could be expecting to get.

However, it’s best to discuss your whiplash injury claims with a professional legal professional in order to get an accurate prediction.

What is the average payout for a whiplash claim?

Each whiplash claim is different  making it very difficult to provide an average whiplash payout figure. Your compensation amount will depend on the level of injury suffered, and the effects it may have had on your life. Below is the average amount of compensation received based on the severity of injuries sustained.

  • Whiplash healing within 3 months-£300 to £1,860
  • Whiplash recovering fully within 1 year-£1,860 to £3,300
  • Whiplash healing fully within 2 years-£3,300 to £6,000

Making no-win, no-fee whiplash claims

Whiplash Claims

Did you know that all of our whiplash claims are no-win, no-fee? Plus, with the ability to be kept up to speed on your whiplash claims with regular Skype appointments, you can track the progress of your case at any time!

To book your initial appointment today, simply call us on 0330 053 7117 or fill in our online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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