What is whiplash?
The neck, shoulders and back support the weight and posture of both the head and the body, as well as protect the nerves which carry sensory information to and from the brain. Any injuries to these areas can be significant, and the pain and suffering can have a huge impact on how a person operates in their day to day life.
Whiplash proposes indications following an injury where the head is thrown first into hyperextension and then forward quickly, it can leave victims suffering pain in the neck, shoulders and back in particular. Car and motorbikes accidents are by far the most common causes of whiplash injuries, and unfortunately, a great number of these are a result of someone else’s negligent actions.
If you or a loved one have suffered a whiplash injury, which was due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. We understand that this would not make up for the pain and suffering you may have endured however it is important you are able to get the justice you deserve, the compensation can help you with any loss of earnings, medical bills and travel expenses etc.
What are the common causes of whiplash?
Whiplash is most often due to road traffic accidents but can also be caused by sports injuries such as rugby or boxing, or a slip or fall that causes the head to jolting backwards suddenly can cause whiplash.
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What are the effects of whiplash?
The victims who experience whiplash may develop one or more of the following symptoms, this is usually within the first few days after the injury:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Pain in the shoulder or between the shoulder blades
- Lower back pain
- Pain or numbness in the arm and/or hand
- Ringing in the ears or blurred vision
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering
- Irritability, sleep disturbances, fatigue
- Neck pain and tenderness
- Neck stiffness and difficulty moving your head
- Muscle spasms
- Pain in the shoulders and arms
How much could you claim?
Claims for whiplash are calculated on the severity of your injury and how much recovery time is required, if you are able to recover at all. Compensation awarded can be used to cover the cost of medical treatment, rehabilitation, loss of earnings and the pain and suffering caused, and is judged case by case.
Typical compensation amounts include:
|Mild whiplash with full recovery:||
£1,000 to £6,000
|Moderate whiplash with slow recovery, leaving victim vulnerable to further trauma:||
£6,000 to £31,000
|Severe whiplash with on-going symptoms and spinal damage:||
up to £110,500
*Every attempt has been made to make all information provided as accurate as possible.
What types of compensation are you entitled to in a whiplash claim?
The amount of compensation you receive may be more as aspects of financial losses and expenses have yet still to be considered. Therefore it is important for you to contact us for a full consultation and what you could expect to receive. There are 2 main types of compensation you can claim for in a personal injury claim:
Pain and suffering of the injury- An injury can lead to the victim facing pain and suffering.
Financial losses and expenses- This can include income which is lost for the time taken off work, medical expenses for treatment, travel expenses for treatment etc.
What you need to do to make a whiplash Claim
Before starting your injury compensation claim, contact Grieves Solicitors and speak to one of our personal injury specialists. We will help guide you through the step by step process and the strength of your claim as well as offer you advice on the most appropriate course of action for you to take.
We recognise that making a claim can seem frightening at first so if you have any queries or concerns, we will only be too happy to help. If you, a family member or friend, have suffered a whiplash injury which has effected your back, neck or shoulders and require legal advice, get in touch with one of our personal injury solicitors today.
You can call us for free on 0800 0747 644 or fill in our claim form and a member of our team will get back to you.