Can I make a whiplash claim?
If you’ve sustained whiplash as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be eligible to make a whiplash compensation claim.
If you’re not sure whether this applies to your situation, don’t worry. You can call our friendly legal advisors for a free, no obligation chat on. They will listen to your story and help you work out if you can make a claim for whiplash.
Do I have whiplash?
If you’ve been in a car accident or suffered a sudden jolt to the neck, you might be suffering from whiplash.
Whiplash is a common but unpleasant injury that affects the soft tissue around the neck and has symptoms including neck pain and stiffness. It usually occurs after the head has been jolted in any direction. This jolt typically causes a sudden extension of the neck muscles and results in a sprain. It most commonly occurs after a car accident.
Why claim compensation for whiplash?
We know that whiplash can be expensive to treat and recover from. You may have had to take time off work to recover and lost some of your usual earnings. Perhaps you also needed to spend money on physiotherapy, which may have put you under financial pressure.
If you make a no win no fee whiplash claim with us, we’ll make sure you receive all of the compensation you deserve, letting you concentrate on the important business of making a full recovery.
We have over 22 years' experience working with personal injury claims, including claims for whiplash.
Treating your whiplash injury
Beginning your claim for whiplash is simple.
If you have suffered from whiplash as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, you can get in contact with us in any of three ways. You can fill out our online claim form or give our friendly legal advisors a call on. Alternatively, put your details in the form at the bottom of this page and we’ll call you back.
We’ll listen to your story and will be able to tell you in minutes whether you have a valid whiplash claim. If you do, we’ll put you in touch with a specialist whiplash claims solicitor, who will help you on your journey to compensation.
If you were with anyone else at the time of the accident who also suffered whiplash, we can take their details too, so you can all get the compensation you deserve.
When you’re put through to your specialist solicitor, they’ll talk through your experience and assess your claim. This is so they can help you claim the full amount of compensation you’re entitled to.
What causes a whiplash injury?
Whiplash injuries are most commonly caused by road accidents. When a vehicle is hit by another, or there is a sudden impact, the passengers involved are likely to be jolted backwards and forwards. Whilst the body is restrained by a seat belt, the head isn’t. This causes a ‘whiplash’ effect where there is a sharp jolt of the neck.
The movement can be violent, but the severity of the injury is dependent on a number of factors, such as the speed and sizes of the vehicles involved. It also doesn’t need to be a high speed impact to cause a serious whiplash injury. The distance between your head and the seat can also be a factor in how severe your injury is.
While whiplash injuries are often the result of car accidents, they can also occur after any sudden impact to the head. Falls or even heavy contact sports can result in whiplash.
Whatever it was that led to your injury, our legally trained advisors will be able to talk you through your whiplash claim and let you know if you may be entitled to compensation. Call them for a free, no obligation chat on.
Symptoms of whiplash
The symptoms of whiplash vary from person to person. Some may experience discomfort immediately after the accident, whilst for others it could take a few days. These symptoms usually last a few weeks, but if left untreated they can remain for up to a year or longer.
Symptoms may include:
- Headaches – sometimes along with blurred vision and fatigue
- Aching – difficulty moving or turning the neck
- Swelling and inflammation – affecting the surrounding area
- Pain in shoulders or arms - as well as sometimes in the upper and lower back, causing discomfort when walking
- Dizziness – and possibly nausea
In severe cases, symptoms can include memory loss, problems concentrating, a ringing or buzzing in the ears and depression. We always recommend a visit to your GP if you think you may be suffering from whiplash, or if your symptoms persist.
If you’re considering making a whiplash claim, it is particularly important to visit your GP. Your medical records from the visit will be used as evidence if you decide to make a claim.
Don’t feel worried about visiting your GP; a whiplash injury is relatively easy to diagnose. A simple examination, X-ray or scan is used to determine the severity of the injury and whether it has affected just the tissue and tendons or if any vertebrae have been fractured.
What to do if you've suffered whiplash
We understand whiplash can be painful, uncomfortable and demoralising. It is important that you visit your GP if you’re in pain or experiencing whiplash. They’ll be able to advise you on the best course of action to ease your symptoms.
Fortunately, most whiplash injuries can be treated with painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication, but it’s best to consult your doctor before taking action. If you do make a whiplash claim, your medical records will be used as proof that you were diagnosed with a whiplash injury.
Make sure you feel fully well before returning to work after a whiplash injury. Returning to work too soon could result in a longer recovery, as symptoms could return. If you are unsure whether you are well enough to go back to work, seek advice from your GP.
Visit our whiplash recovery page for more information and advice on treating whiplash, or give us a call on to discuss your whiplash compensation claim.
Claiming as a passenger
If you’ve sustained a whiplash injury after an accident where you were a passenger in a car, even if the driver was at fault, you may still be able to claim.
You shouldn’t feel worried if it is a friend or family member driving the car, as it is their insurance company that will pay any compensation received. It is important that you receive the compensation you deserve to cover any financial loss and to aid your recovery.
How much compensation could you get?
Your compensation amount depends on the severity of your whiplash injury. We treat everyone as individuals and all claims are dealt with on a case-by-case basis, so the best way to find out what you could be entitled to is to get in contact by either filling out the form below or giving us a call on.
You can also try our industry-leading compensation calculator to give you an idea of how much compensation you could receive.
We are experts in whiplash claims and help people every day get the compensation they deserve for their whiplash injuries.
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