Have you sustained a whiplash injury following a road traffic accident that was not your fault? If so, you may be eligible to claim whiplash compensation. This is intended to help you pay for medical fees and rehabilitation costs, and to compensate you for any pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of your whiplash injury.
What Exactly Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is subject to a lot of rumour and misinformation, so establishing a sensible definition is important.
Whiplash is defined as an injury, primarily affecting the neck, caused by a sudden change in motion that makes the head and neck snap back and forward. This sudden change in motion stretches the tendons and ligaments of the neck, along with other soft tissues. When the tendons and ligaments are stretched too far it causes severe pain and issues with moving and holding the neck in place, causing the most common symptoms of whiplash:
These symptoms can seriously affect your ability to work, whether you are involved with manual work or office work.
Less common symptoms include:
It can be difficult to separate symptoms that originate from different causes; a road accident that has caused whiplash will often cause other injuries, as well. However, a cluster of these symptoms will usually contribute to a diagnosis of whiplash.
It is important to note that you should not attempt to diagnose your injuries using advice you read on the internet – if you suspect you have whiplash, visit a medical professional as soon as possible.
How Might Whiplash Affect Your Life?
Whiplash affects different people in different ways. The average recovery time for women over 60 suffering from whiplash is fifteen times greater than the average recovery time for young men.
Whiplash might be exacerbated by pre-existing conditions, both mental and physical and can also exacerbate those conditions. Examples of conditions that are thought to be worsened by whiplash include multiple sclerosis, arthritis, and depression.
These factors can make whiplash more challenging to live with, but without any factors whiplash is an immense problem. Whiplash can derail physical fitness programs, prevent you from working at all, become worse if you sit in an unsuitable position for long periods of time (e.g. in front of a computer in an office), and generally will make your quality of life worse.
Long term whiplash can result in constant pain, meaning that without support life becomes very hard.
At Gibson & Associates we have the utmost respect for whiplash sufferers and the pain they go through. That is why our solicitors concentrate on empathy as well as professionalism, providing an effective and sympathetic service for people who have already gone through a lot.
Making A Whiplash Claim
If you are able to prove that you were not to blame for the road traffic accident and that this caused you to sustain a whiplash injury, it is very likely that you will be able to make a successful whiplash claim. This will ensure that you receive financial redress for the damages you have wrongfully endured.
If you believe you could be in a position to make a whiplash claim, you must seek expert legal advice without delay. A solicitor who specialises in personal injury* law will be able to clarify your legal position, helping you to establish whether or not you are entitled to make a whiplash claim.
How Much Whiplash Compensation Will I Receive?
Whiplash injuries can be very severe, leaving victims suffering with long-term pain and discomfort. Your whiplash compensation settlement will be calculated by taking into account the pain you have been subjected to, as well as any loss of earnings you have incurred due to a period spent out of work, rehabilitation costs and medical fees. This means that each whiplash claim is unique and compensations settlements will vary accordingly. But generally speaking, whiplash compensation amounts can be up to:
- €10,000 for a whiplash injury with good recovery
- €12,500 for a severe whiplash injury with long-term or permanent symptoms
It is always best to contact an experienced whiplash injury solicitor for an accurate appraisal of your whiplash claim’s chances of success and an estimated compensation amount.
How Will Gibson & Associates Solicitors Handle Your Whiplash Claim?
The personal injury* solicitors at Gibson & Associates Solicitors will handle the entire whiplash injury claims process on your behalf, ensuring you receive the maximum amount of financial compensation for your injuries. Our personal injury* team will also ensure you receive regular updates on the progress of your case, providing you with support and guidance at every stage.
Read more about our processes and our solicitors on our ‘Why Choose Us’ page.
If you would like to discuss claiming whiplash compensation with a specialist solicitor, please get in touch. Using our knowledge and expertise, we will explain what options are available to you. If you are able to make a whiplash claim, we can help you obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve.
To get in touch, please complete an Online Enquiry now, call us on 1890 989 289 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also read more about how we can assist with all types of personal injury* claims here.
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