Whiplash Compensation Guide
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Our guide on whiplash compensation has been designed for if you're thinking about making a claim for whiplash but just want to know a little more about how a compensation claim works.
Symptoms of whiplash
Following a road accident, you may not immediately be aware that you have been injured as the symptoms of whiplash often take several hours (or even a couple of days) to appear.
If you are suffering from any of the following symptoms, seek immediate advice from your GP:
- Restricted movement of the neck
- Pain and/or discomfort in the neck, shoulders and upper back
- Headaches, nausea and dizziness
- Blurred vision
Not only will visiting your GP ensure that you receive the appropriate treatment, their examination of your injury will go a long way in supporting the validity of any potential claim.
Treatment for whiplash injuries
Common treatment for whiplash injuries include painkillers and anti-inflammatories which then may lead on to a course of physiotherapy.
Cervical collars are no longer prescribed to patients suffering from whiplash, as current medical thinking is that immobilising the neck can prolong recovery and may even cause complications.
Sufferers are most often prescribed painkillers of varying strengths by their GP.
How much compensation for whiplash can I get?
There are varying amounts paid out in whiplash injuries compensation, how much depends on the severity of the individual case. The potential long-term impact of an injury also plays a part and so there is no 'standard' whiplash compensation amount.
For example, some claimants may have made a complete recovery from their whiplash injury within a few months (or even weeks) of the accident - these people could receive a much lesser amount of compensation than an individual whose symptoms did not fully resolve until two years after the accident.
It is worth noting that you may also be entitled to a reimbursement for any out of pocket expenses you have incurred as a direct result of the accident (i.e. travel expenses, loss of earnings and treatment costs).
What happens when I make a claim for whiplash?
When you pursue a claim for whiplash compensation, we will arrange for you to visit an independent medical expert, who will assess your injuries and prepare a report. The report will contain reference to any additional treatment you may require to aid recovery, plus a prognosis estimating how long that recovery will take.
If the medical expert deems your injuries to be unrecoverable, the report will highlight this and clearly explain if a second appointment is required before making a final diagnosis.
If this is the case, we strongly advise our clients to be patient here - if you settle a claim too early and then go on to suffer from your injuries long-term, you would not be able to 're-claim' for further damages.
How can I prove my whiplash compensation claim is genuine?
Whiplash is a serious injury and can affect the victim for their entire life. Still, fraudulent cases are filed every year and as an unfortunate result, there is now an underlying doubt whenever somebody makes a claim. Genuine whiplash does exist and if you are suffering from it as a result of somebody else's negligence, you deserve to be compensated.
Firstly, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned at the beginning of this whiplash compensation guide, it is critical that you seek advice from a GP first.
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