If you have sustained a whiplash injury during a road traffic accident which wasn’t your fault, you are eligible to make a claim for whiplash compensation. If you are thinking of making a claim but are unsure of how much compensation you are likely to receive, or if you have already received an offer of compensation but do not believe it is sufficient, why not try our Free Whiplash Review Service.
All you need to do is to call us free on 0800 142 2775 or complete our Free Whiplash Claim Enquiry and one of our specialist advisers will be able to discuss the value of your whiplash claim. There is no cost for this review service, so why not contact us and speak with a whiplash claim specialist now?
What does your payout depend on?
The amount of compensation you receive for your whiplash injury depends on the severity of your injuries. Following your accident, if you notice any symptoms of whiplash you must immediately seek medical assistance from your local GP or Accident & Emergency Department. Symptoms of whiplash include:
Common Whiplash Symptoms
• Neck pain and stiffness
• Tenderness over the neck muscles
Less Common Whiplash Symptoms
• Blurred vision
• Lower back pain
• Pins and needles in arms and hands
• Muscle spasms
• Vertigo – the sensation of spinning when you are in a static position
It is vital to raise any of these symptoms to your local GP or Accident & Emergency Department so they can make an accurate diagnosis of your symptoms. They can assist you on what whiplash treatment will benefit you. Treatment can range from general painkillers to physiotherapy.
Your solicitor will refer you to an independent medical expert who will access your injuries and prepare a report to use as evidence of your injury. This report will also contain a prognosis for your recovery. The report will be disclosed to the third party’s insurance company and your solicitor will work to settle a claim.
What Makes One Whiplash Injury More Severe Than Another?
There are many factors that mean that a particular whiplash injury will have more severe effects than another whiplash injury, even if the circumstances are otherwise identical. Age, gender, pre-existing conditions and even the position of your headrest can all directly affect your chances of developing far more severe symptoms.
In this sense, ‘average’ whiplash injuries are rare. When you add in factors such as overall physical condition and awareness of the coming impact, you often find that one person’s mild injury is another’s life-altering condition.
The speed of the collision, the overall severity of the accident and the direction of the impact all have an effect, but each case and each whiplash injury is unpredictable. It is often the case that minor collisions result in lasting, serious whiplash injuries.
How much compensation will I receive for my whiplash claim?
There is not a set amount of compensation. Each individual case will have a different outcome. Some clients will receive a large compensation payout, while others may obtain less. This can be down to the severity of the whiplash injury, and whether or not the solicitor you are working with is an expert in whiplash claims.
The figures below are ‘average’ whiplash claims figures.
Severe Whiplash Injuries
£8750 – £16,000. For more severe whiplash injuries resulting in serious limitation of movement, permanent or recurring pain and the possibility of surgery this is the standard amount of whiplash compensation awarded.
Moderately Severe Whiplash Injuries
£5000 – £8750. For a moderately severe whiplash injury recovery usually takes place within a few years of the accident, however, recovery may be protracted and there may be an increased risk of further injury and complications.
Moderate Whiplash Injuries
£2750 – £5000. This award is for moderate whiplash injuries where full recovery from the whiplash injury is usually made within two years of the date of the accident.
Minor Whiplash Injuries
£850 – £2750. This amount is awarded for minor whiplash injuries where recovery is made within one year of the accident.
Free Whiplash Claim Advice Now
All Loyalty Law solicitors are experts in whiplash claims so why not call one of them now?
Either complete our free Whiplash Injury Claim Assessment online or call us free on 0800 142 2775 for us to be able to decide on how we can help you and how much you are likely to receive for your whiplash claim.
For more information on the average level of compensation you can expect to receive from a typical whiplash claim, check our main average whiplash compensation claim page.
Author: Nicholas Jervis