How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Whiplash Injury?

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A lot of people assume that whiplash is a minor injury, but this isn’t always the case. Whiplash can have long-term effects on a person’s life. No matter whether your injuries are major or minor, if the accident you were involved in was not your fault, you will be entitled to compensation. This is something we have many years of experience in, having helped hundreds of whiplash injury victims to get the maximum amount of compensation. Read on to discover more.

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A guide to accident claims for whiplash

Whiplash injury claims are some of the most common. In most cases, people sustain whiplash as a result of a car accident. However, whiplash can actually occur in many different scenarios. It can also be a lot more serious than a lot of people realise. Symptoms don’t always show themselves straight away, and some people can end up suffering with life-long effects. If you have been the victim of a whiplash injury, this guide will reveal everything you need to know about making a claim. This includes details regarding whiplash claims average payout 2017, using a whiplash claims calculator, how to make a whiplash claim, and how to get started with our No Win No Fee service.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury that is relatively common. It happens when a person is suddenly jolted forward and then backward, or side-to-side. This causes the soft tissues in the neck to become damaged and stretched. This rapid movement usually happens during road traffic accidents, but it can happen in other incidents, such as accidents at work.

Whiplash injury statistics

Research shows that one in every 100 people around the world suffer from on-going chronic neck pain as a consequence of a whiplash injury that has been sustained in a road traffic accident. It is also estimated that more than 1,500 whiplash claims are made in the United Kingdom per day. This shows you just how common whiplash injuries are.

What to do if you are involved in an accident causing whiplash

If you have been involved in an accident causing whiplash, it is important to take the necessary steps to gather evidence to boost your case. This includes the following:

•Visit a medical professional – There is only one place to begin, and this is with seeing a medical professional. You may believe that your injuries are only minor. However, whiplash symptoms often get worse with time, and so it is vital to see a doctor. Not only this, but the medical report that your doctor puts together will be used to determine how much compensation you receive.

•Take photographs – Take photographs of the scene as well as your injuries, if applicable.

•Get the contact details of the perpetrator – It is important to get the contact information of the person that caused the incident. This includes their name, address, and telephone number. If you have been involved in a road traffic accident, make a note of the driver’s vehicle – the make and model of it, as well as the vehicle registration plate.

•Witness contact information – Witness statements can really help to strengthen your case. Jot down any witness names, as well as their contact information

How to begin a whiplash claim

We are often asked how to claim for whiplash after car accident or any other type of incident. If you want to make a claim for a whiplash injury, give us a call and we will handle the process for you.

The whiplash claims procedure is straightforward when you work with us. We begin every case with a free consultation. This gives us the chance to ask you some key questions about your case. This is so we can provide you with the best advice. It also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about whiplash claims in Great Britain.

One of the great things about our service is the fact that all of our panel of solicitors can work on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you are only going to need to pay legal fees if your case is a success. You can find further information about this below. We can also arrange a local medical checkup for you if required, free of charge.

Have whiplash claims been stopped?

A lot of people are worried that whiplash claims have been stopped, as there have been numerous reports regarding a crackdown on whiplash cases. Whiplash claims have NOT been stopped. The truth is that there have been a large number of fraudulent whiplash claims made over the years. This is what the government is cracking down on. If you have a genuine whiplash claim, you have nothing to worry about: you will get the whiplash claims amount you are entitled to.

Whiplash accident at work claims

As mentioned, whiplash is an injury that is not only sustained through road traffic accidents. A lot of whiplash claims 2016 and whiplash claims 2017 were made as a consequence of accidents at work. All employers have a responsibility to provide a safe and healthy work environment for their employees. If they have failed to do this – no matter whether they did not provide the correct training or they have ignored risk assessment findings – you will be able to make a claim. We can help you to get the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to, so don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Whiplash bus accident claims

Over the years, we have helped a number of personal injury victims to make whiplash bus accident claims. No matter whether you were travelling on public transport or a privately booked mini bus, we can help you to get the compensation you deserve. This also applies whether your driver was to blame or someone else was at fault.

Should I claim for whiplash?

Quite simply, yes you should. Whiplash claims 2017 are incredibly important for the victims. After all, if you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, why should you have to foot the bill? Not only will compensation cover the pain and suffering you have experienced, but it will also cover any expenses you have encountered along the way.

Whiplash in a car accident as a passenger can I claim?

If you have been injured in a car accident, and the person driving was to blame, you will be able to launch a compensation claim. After all, you are not to blame for the incident – you were merely a passenger. Some of the solicitors on our panel have many years of experience in launching passenger claims, and we always aim to exceed the whiplash claims average payout. For more information, give us a call.

What can be claimed for after an accident causing whiplash?

You can claim for the following after a whiplash injury:

• General damages – This is compensation for the pain and suffering you have experienced.

• Medical expenses – This is compensation for medical costs you have had to meet.

• Loss of earnings – This compensates you for earnings and other benefits lost due to your accident.

• Travel expenses – This might include the costs of getting to and from various medical appointments.

• Care claim – If you have needed help around the house while you recover, the person that has looked after you will be able to file a care claim.

The most common causes for whiplash

Some of the most common causes of whiplash are as follows:

  • Car accidents
  • Sporting injuries
  • Accidents and work

In fact, a whiplash injury can happen as a consequence of any accident that causes your head to jerk forward or backward.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

Whiplash symptoms do not always show themselves straight away. Often, people feel relatively okay after a car crash. However, a few hours or even a day or two later, the pain gets worse and is impossible to ignore. This is why it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible, no matter how minor your injuries may seem. So, what are the symptoms of whiplash?

  • Headaches at the base of the skull, which radiate towards the forehead
  • Tenderness
  • Stiffness or pain when moving your head
  • Pain when rocking your head backward and forward or from side-to-side
  • Tightness in the neck
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Muscles may feel knotted or hard
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms

Some people also experience the following symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Blurred vision

Assessing the severity of your whiplash injury

It can often be challenging to assess the severity of a whiplash injury, as well as the impact it will have on your future. This is why a medical check up and assessment is often required. If you have not seen a medical professional, this is something we will be able to arrange for you, free of charge. A simple and quick examination will be carried out at your local medical centre.

How is whiplash compensation calculated?

Generally speaking, the longer your whiplash injuries will last, the more compensation you will receive. However, there are many variables that come into play, and you will also receive a payout for the amount of time you have had off work.

How much compensation will I get after an accident causing whiplash?

One question we often get asked is ‘whiplash claims, how much will I receive?’ If you search this online, you will come across a lot of different resources and answers. This includes everything from the whiplash claims average payout for 2015 to the whiplash claims average payout for 2016 and 2017. You may have even come across a whiplash compensation calculator. Unfortunately, it is impossible to give you an accurate answer regarding how much compensation you will receive. If you use a whiplash claims calculator, you will only get an estimated figure. No whiplash compensation calculator can provide you with a definitive amount – it is simply not possible. This is because every case is different, and there are many factors that will determine what payout you will receive.

However, while we cannot completely commit to a whiplash claim payout amount, one thing we can do is give you an insight into the typical payouts for injuries relating to whiplash claims. If you cannot find the injury you have sustained in the whiplash claims average payout table below, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we would be more than happy to advise you further.

Reason for compensationTypical compensation amountComments 
Mental anguish£3,550Fear of death and expectation of end of life
Loss of benefits£5,000 - £500,000This payout is calculated based on the income you have lost. There is the possibility for a higher amount of payout than the maximum in some cases.
Loss of anticipated earnings£10,000 - £400,000This payout is calculated based on two things: your current pay grade and your future earning prospects. There is the possibility for a higher amount of payout than the maximum in some cases.
Pain and suffering £1,000 - £200,000The level of suffering and pain experienced will determine the payout you receive.
Neck injuries - severe£34,575 - £112,750At the top end of the bracket, the maximum payout is for neck injuries that result in permanent spastic quadriparesis or incomplete paraplegia. The injured person will have no or little movement in their neck, despite wearing a collar for 24-hours per day. At the lower end of the bracket, the payout is for injuries that cause severe soft tissue damage or dislocations or fractures, which lead to significant disability and chronic conditions. 
Neck injuries - moderate£6,000 - £29,250At the top end of the bracket, the maximum payout is for dislocations and fractures that result in severe immediate symptoms. It also includes chronic conditions that involve serious soft tissue injuries or referred symptoms to other parts of the body. At the lower end of the bracket, the payout is for an injury that may have exacerbated or accelerated a condition tat was pre-existing.
Neck injuries - minorA few hundred pounds - £6,000At the lower end of the bracket, the payout is for injuries whereby a full recovery is made within a matter of months. There are then a number of factors that will determine the level of compensation awarded. This includes the need to take medication, the extent of any treatment required, the impact of the injuries on the claimant’s ability to work, the impact of the symptoms on the person’s ability to engage in social activities and function in everyday life, the presence of additional symptoms, the intensity of pain, and the severity of the neck injury. 
Severe psychological damage£41,675 - £88,000The prognosis will be poor and there will be significant problems with regards to the following: the extent that treatment would be asuccess, the impact on the claimant’s relationships, and the injured person’s ability to cope with work and life.
Moderately severe psychological damage£14,500 - £41,675These cases are similar to the above, although the prognosis will be more positive. 
Moderate psychological damage£4,450 - £14,500The person will experience some of the symptoms mentioned above. However, there will be noticeable improvement by the time of the trial. 
Less severe psychological damage£1,170 - £4,450 These cases fall short of a specific disorder or phobia. The payout awarded will be decided based on the extent to which sleep and daily activities have been impacted, as well as the length of the period of disability. 

No Win No Fee whiplash claims

One of the main benefits associated with our service is the fact that all of our panel of solicitors can work on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that anyone should be able to make a claim, irrespective of his or her current financial situation. This is because you don’t need a huge sum of money to start the process. In fact, you are only going to need to pay legal fees if your case is a success, and in this case, you will have your compensation to cover the cost.

If you were to work with a solicitor that charged per hour, there would always be the risk that you would end up with an incredibly large legal bill, yet you would have no compensation at the end of it. This is a risk that a lot of personal injury victims are fearful of, and it’s not hard to understand why. Luckily, this is something you don’t need to worry about when you work with us thanks to our No Win No Fee approach. This also reassures you that we will only take on your case if we genuinely believe it has a chance of being awarded compensation – we will never waste your time.

Why choose us as your claims service for your whiplash claim?

There are a number of reasons why you should choose us as your Claims Management Service for your whiplash claim. We have experience in the industry, and we have helped personal injury victims to get the compensation they deserve. This includes a whiplash injury victims. Not only do we have the expertise and the experience, but our reputation should put your mind at ease too. You can read comments that have been left by our past clients to get an idea of the service we provide through their eyes.

It is always our main objective to make sure we secure the maximum whiplash claims payout for all of our clients. We are pride ourselves on putting our clients first at all times. We know that you are going through one of the most difficult periods in your life, and we want to do all in our power to help you through this situation. A lot of people are fearful that a personal injury lawyer will only add to the stress they are experiencing and that the whole process will be a lot of hassle. We will make sure that this is not the case. We always focus on securing compensation in the most efficient and effective manner, allowing you to concentrate on your recovery.

Of course, if you need us or you want to ask any questions about your case, all you need to do is give us a call. We will be there every step of the way.

Call for free advice and to start a claim

If you are ready to make a claim or you have any queries about the whiplash claims procedure, please do not hesitate to give us a call. You can reach us on 0161 696 9685. You will be connected to one of our friendly and professional advisors who will happily answer your questions, no matter how big or small. We look forward to hearing from you and securing the maximum amount of compensation for your case.

Helpful links

NHS All About Whiplash

This link takes you to the NHS page on whiplash. You will find plenty of useful information regarding symptoms, when to get medical advice, whiplash causes, and treatments.

Government’s page for the whiplash claims process

This link takes you to the UK Government’s page for the whiplash claims process. It reveals the outcome of a recent consultation process regarding such claims, and you will be able to read about a number of important policy decisions and information on the whiplash claims law change.