When we hear the word “whiplash” we automatically think of someone who has been involved in a car accident; however, whiplash can be caused by many different situations including slips, trips and falls, sports injuries and even assaults and attacks
What is whiplash?
Whiplash injuries are caused when a person suffers from a sudden jolt to their head or body which damages the muscles, ligaments, tendons or other soft tissues in the neck. Whiplash claims are one of the most common personal injury claim types we handle.
When we hear the word “whiplash” we automatically think of someone who has been involved in a car accident; however it can be caused by many different situations including slips, trips and falls, sports injuries and even assaults and attacks.
We operate on a No Win, No Fee basis, meaning that there no upfront costs to you. We offer a free initial, no obligation assessment of your case.
Call us on 0344 854 7000 to discuss your claim, or submit your details below and we’ll call you back at a time convenient for you.
How do I know if I have sustained a whiplash injury?
Whiplash symptoms can include pain and stiffness in the neck, pain in the shoulder, arms or back, headaches, muscular pain, spasms and reduced movement in the neck.
After your accident symptoms may start a few hours later (around 6 to 12 hours) with any additional inflammation or bruising taking perhaps 24 to 48 hours to develop.
How to treat whiplash?
Minor whiplash injuries can be treated with paracetamol, however some injuries may need medical attention. It may be necessary for your GP to prescribe stronger painkillers such as codeine. If pain persists for more than a couple of weeks you may need rehabilitation treatment such as physiotherapy. Read our guide on how to treat whiplash for more information.
How long does whiplash last?
According to the NHS, whiplash injuries tend to last for around 2-3 months. As the extent of the injuries are so varied, recovery time can take in excess of 3 months and in the worst cases, symptoms can last for over a year.
Read our guide: How long does whiplash last? for more information on recovery times.
How much compensation will I receive?
The level of compensation awarded for whiplash claims varies, depending on the severity of the injury, the length of time the symptoms last, and the effect the injury has on your life; such as your ability to work, care for your children, enjoy hobbies, play sport, perform household chores, socialise etc.
Access our claims calculator below to give you an idea of how much compensation you may be likely to receive for your physical injuries:
What can I claim for?
Your solicitor will factor in the different ways in which the accident has had an impact on your life when calculating the value of your claim, including:
• Loss of earnings
• Pain and suffering
• Care and rehabilitation
• Travel expenses to and from medical appointments
Should I make a claim through my insurance company?
If you’re the driver of the vehicle involved in a collision you have to inform your insurance company of the accident, failure to do so could invalidate your policy. When you contact your insurer they may try and offer you a pre-medical settlement offer, in order to encourage you to settle your claim earlier. Insurers do this as it means that they will have to pay out a considerably lower amount that you could be entitled to.
It is therefore recommended to instruct a solicitor to handle your claim in order to get the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to.
How to make a claim for whiplash?
If you’ve suffered an injury due to being involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
Whether your injuries are the consequence of a road traffic accident, a slip, trip or fall, an accident at work or an assault, True Solicitors may be able to help you with your personal injury claim.
Our expert whiplash injury solicitors are experience in obtaining compensation for thousands of clients each year. We will fight to get you the compensation, justice and rehabilitation that you deserve to get your life back on track. We will handle your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Why choose us to pursue your claim?
We help thousands of clients per year with their personal injury claims. We will work hard to get the deserved compensation for your injury and we will give you clear, jargon free advice and guidance so you can be in complete control of your claim.
- Agree to represent you on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis which means you pay nothing if you lose.
- Arrange rehabilitation such as physiotherapy or other treatment that might help you to recover more quickly.
- Obtain a medical report to assess the extent of your injury
- Recover any out of pocket expenses e.g. loss of earnings, travel expenses, medical expenses.
- Make sure you receive your maximum entitlement to compensation. We won’t settle for less.
If you have suffered a whiplash injury in a car accident or through an accident at work, do not hesitate to contact us on 0344 854 7000. You can also fill out our free enquiry form or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to take action.
Submit your claim – we will establish who was at fault and submit a claim on your behalf.
Gather the Evidence and Arrange Treatment – we will collect all of the evidence needed to prove your claim, arrange a medical examination for you, and if appropriate arrange treatment to assist with your recovery.
Win Your Claim – we will fight hard on your behalf to recover maximum compensation in the shortest time.
How long will my claim take?
A simple whiplash injury can be settled within 6 months but only where liability is admitted, the medical prognosis is certain and the insurance company is prepared to make a reasonable offer.