Whiplash can have a major impact on your life
Many people think of whiplash as a minor injury, but the reality is that it can have painful, long-lasting effects on your life – and, in fact, in severe cases the symptoms can even be permanent.
Whiplash is caused by sudden jolt or stretching of your neck the damages the ligaments. It can cause swelling, pain, headaches and dizziness, which often effects how you go about your day-to-day life. In most cases whiplash is very painful, limits your mobility and can stop you going into work and driving while you recover.
If you’re suffering whiplash, you shouldn’t feel rushed or pressured into returning to work. But we know that time off can cause you financial pressure and cause you to panic about how you’re going to cover your bills – we can help.
When making your claim, your solicitor will consider your financial situation as well as the pain you’re living with and the impact your accident will have on your future. This means things like lost earnings from time off, medical treatment, travel and accommodation costs and even the effect your injury has had on your loved ones will be considered in your claim.
For free, impartial advice contact us on 0800 540 4258 . We can let you know whether you could make a claim, but will never rush or pressure you into starting one.
Can you make a whiplash claim?
The best way to find out whether you could make a compensation claim for whiplash is to get in touch with us on 0800 540 4258 . With over 20 years’ experience, we can let you know on the same call whether we think you can make a claim.
If you’re not ready to call us yet, you can try our claims checker which tells you whether you could claim based on some simple questions.
We generally advise that you may be able to claim if:
- Your whiplash happened in the last three years
- It was someone else’s fault
We know how difficult it can be to tell whether an accident was your fault, particularly if your whiplash happened at work. We can help. All our advisors are legally trained, so they can help you understand whether you have a claim.
Do you have whiplash?
If you’ve been in a car accident or have suffered a sudden jolt to the neck, you might be suffering from whiplash.
Whiplash is a common injury – it affects the soft tissue around the neck causing pain and stiffness.
Other symptoms of whiplash might include:
- Headaches – sometimes with blurred vision and fatigue
- Aching – difficulty moving or turning the neck
- Swelling and inflammation
- Pain in shoulders or arms – also sometimes in the upper and lower back, causing pain when walking
- Dizziness, and possible nausea
If you think you’re suffering from whiplash, we recommend you visit your GP as soon as possible. They’ll check the extent of your injury and may offer treatment to help relieve your pain.
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Severe cases of whiplash
Sometimes the symptoms of whiplash can be very severe. If you or a loved one have suffered from a severe whiplash injury, then we’re here to help you make it right.
Severe whiplash may cause the following symptoms:
- Memory loss
- Problems concentrating
- Ringing in your ears
These feelings can leave you feeling isolated and depressed.
Your compensation can help with your treatment and recovery, as well as any other expenses or impacts caused by your injury now and into the future.
Road accident claims
Whiplash is commonly caused by road accidents, when a sudden impact causes the neck to jolt.
Nobody deserves to be injured because of somebody else’s negligence or dangerous driving.
Claiming as a passenger
If you’ve suffered from whiplash as a passenger, we can still help you.
You may be worried that making a claim against the driver will leave them with an expensive bill, especially if they’re a friend. But your compensation isn’t paid by the person driving personally – it will be paid by their insurance company.
Find out more about making a claim as a passenger.
How much compensation could you receive?
We look at each case on an individual basis to make sure you get the help you need.
Because of this, we’re not able to tell you exactly how much your compensation will be before you claim.
Every case is different – your solicitor considers a lot to make sure you’re fully covered following your accident.
As well as covering the pain and suffering of your whiplash, your solicitor will also consider:
- Medical expenses, including private treatment and prescription costs
- Lost 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
To get a guideline figure of the amount you might be owed, you can try our free compensation calculator.