Starting a whiplash claim
Our whiplash claim process
1. Initial consultation
During your initial consultation we will assess if you can make a whiplash claim and how we can support you.
2. Preparing documentation
This includes acquiring copies of medical reports, witness statements, receipts and photographs to strengthen your whiplash claim.
3. Assessing the impact of your injuries
We will then assess how your whiplash is likely to affect your life, both now and in the future. We will prepare a clear overview of what medical support should be taken into account when calculating your whiplash compensation. If your injury impacts your current or future earnings this will also be included in your compensation calculation.
4. Court representation
We settle most whiplash claims in favour of our clients before any hearings are necessary. It is rare, but in some cases court representation is required for your whiplash claim. If your case does go to court, we will be ready to represent you and argue on your behalf.
Claim compensation for your whiplash
Whiplash is the most common injury caused by road traffic accidents and despite what some people may say, it is a serious and deeply uncomfortable injury.
Since March 2018, reforms have been introduced with the aim of reducing whiplash compensation pay-outs and deterring fraudulent claims.
Fraudulent claims are unacceptable, however we fear that these reforms are discouraging genuine victims from taking legal action. As a consequence, we are even more determined to achieve justice for those who rightfully deserve it. If you are not sure where you stand with your whiplash injury claim, simply get in touch for some tailored advice.
What exactly is whiplash?
Whiplash is a type of neck injury caused by a sudden fast jolt forwards or backwards, and is common when cars collide on the road. This jolt causes the tendons or ligaments in the neck to sprain.
Because it is a form of soft tissue injury, the pain can become increasingly worse and even constant over time. In serious cases, whiplash can lead to fractures or even spinal injuries.
The symptoms of whiplash tend to only become obvious around six to twelve hours after the incident has occurred, and sometimes it can take days before the pain reaches its most severe.
Headaches, dizziness, memory loss and muscle spasms are all common symptoms of whiplash. Difficulty sleeping is also common. When coupled with constant discomfort, this can easily leave sufferers with other problems, like depression and stress.
When the symptoms last for six months or longer your condition would be classed as chronic whiplash or late whiplash syndrome. This understandably causes extreme pain and inconvenience.
Whiplash of this severity can have a drastic impact on the quality of your life, which is why making a whiplash claim can be so beneficial.
How whiplash can occur
Car collisions are the most frequent cause of whiplash, particularly when the victim is in a stationary vehicle and another vehicle drives into the back of them. This causes the victim and their vehicle to jerk forward rapidly, with no time to brace for the impact.
Whiplash can also be caused by a heavy blow to the head or neck, fast theme park rides and contact sports, such as football or boxing.
We believe that no one should be left to deal with the painful, and expensive, consequences alone. If you have suffered a whiplash injury, compensation can help you get your life back in order.
How is whiplash compensation calculated?
As with every claim we handle, the amount of compensation you could be entitled to depends on the facts of your case. This includes the extent of your injuries, any loss of earnings and the costs you have incurred.
Generally speaking compensation pay-outs tend to be between £500 for minor injuries and up to tens of thousands of pounds for life-changing injuries. The average whiplash compensation we have seen awarded to our clients was around £2,500.
We will be clear about how much compensation you might receive from the word go and we will always work hard to get you the maximum possible figure.
Our no win, no fee whiplash claim services
The right personal injury solicitor for your whiplash claim
Regardless of the nature of your whiplash claim, we will support you through each step of the process, explaining all of the work we do in a straightforward, jargon-free way.
Our personal injury solicitors have an excellent track record in winning personal injury cases, so you can be confident that your case is in expert hands.
- Can I claim for whiplash?
If you have suffered a whiplash injury, like any type of injury, as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
To find out if you are able to make a claim for whiplash injury get in touch with our team of experts.
We would be happy to assess your case and advise you on whether or not you have prospects of success.
- How to claim for whiplash?
Claiming whiplash generally involves making a claim against the person who caused the injury. If you have suffered injury as a result of a car accident the other person should have insurance and the insurance company would then handle the claim.
Whilst it is possible for an individual to deal with an insurance company direct, people making claims often benefit from the knowledge and experience of a dedicated personal injury solicitor to guide them through the claims process and to ensure that the person making the claim gets the rehabilitation and compensation that they deserve.
- How long do whiplash claims take?
A very straight forward claim might take three to six months to settle, but your claim might take longer if it is more complicated, for example if you suffer a more serious injury or the other party does not accept fault.
Our personal injury solicitors will keep you up to date throughout the claims process so you always know what is happening and how long things are likely to take.
- How much can I claim for whiplash?
The amount you can claim for whiplash depends on how serious your injury is and how long it takes you to recover. Usually the best way to establish the extent of your injury is to have you assessed by an independent medical expert.
We can arrange for you to be examined by an independent medical expert as part of the whiplash claims process. By way of example if you suffered a fairly straightforward injury to the neck, which recovered in about six months, you should be awarded somewhere in the region of £2,750.
Starting the process couldn’t be more simple!
- Contact us Get in touch however suits you best and arrange a consulation with one of our solicitors
- Meet an expert You’ll meet the expert solicitor assigned to your case and discuss all the necessary details
- Authorise Once we’ve got all the details of your case and you’re happy to proceed, just give us the go-ahead
- We get to work It’s time for us to get to work! We’ll set up your file on our system and get to work right away
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