Can I Make A Claim For Whiplash Compensation Following A Low Impact Collision?

If you have been injured in an accident that was a ‘low impact collision’, for example it happened at low speed, there was little or no damage to either vehicle and there were no immediately obvious injuries to any of the drivers of passengers, it can be very easy to then dismiss any niggles or pains you have over the coming days. This article addresses whether you can sustain whiplash in a low impact collision (by looking at how a whiplash injury is actually caused), whether you are entitled to claim compensation and why you should never ignore the symptoms you have following a road traffic accident.

Before addressing whether you can sustain a whiplash injury in a low impact collision it would be helpful to look at how a whiplash injury is actually caused. A whiplash injury is caused when a collision occurs which causes your head and neck to be suddenly and forcefully thrown back and forth causing the soft-tissue and ligaments in the neck to be stretched beyond their normal range of movement. It is true to say, therefore, that even in a low impact collision where one of more of the vehicles are stationary or moving at a slow speed, you can still sustain a whiplash injury.

If you have been injured through no fault of your own in a low impact collision you are entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. You should contact a specialist whiplash solicitor who will act for you to secure the right amount of compensation.

The symptoms of a whiplash injury, as described above, are often not apparent immediately after the accident – in fact, they can often take several hours or even several days to appear. However, as soon as you become aware that you may have sustained a whiplash injury – even as a result of a low impact collision – you should seek medical advice and assessment from your GP or local Accident & Emergency department. Do not self-diagnose and presume that, because you have only been in a low impact collision, the symptoms you are experiencing cannot be whiplash – they very well could be and probably are. It is important that you do not ignore your symptoms. You should seek medical advice as soon as possible to rule out anything more serious than whiplash and to obtain advice as to how to treat your whiplash injury.

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Why You Must Act Now!

If you have suffered an injury please contact us immediately. Failure to do so could cause your claim to fail or significantly reduce the chances of success for two reasons:

  1. The longer the period you leave before taking action, the less the chance of the success of your claim. This is due to the evidence required to connect the chain of events to prove that your injury was caused by the accident in question.

  2. Our Loyalty Law specialists can only look after a set number of people who have been injured. This is because they aim to provide the highest standards of service and can only do this if they limit the number of people that they help. To give you the best chance of being helped by one of our solicitors get in touch with us immediately or we may not be able to help you.

Delay really can be fatal to your chances of success, so please contact us now and let us take care of you and your claim.

Call us free now on 0800 142 2775 (or local rate: 01275 75 00 44) for your free and instant claim assessment, or complete our Instant Claim Assessment online.

What Happens Next?

You will be contacted by one of our specialist whiplash claim solicitors. They will explain whether they are able to help you with your whiplash claim. If they can, they will then take care of everything else for you. Being specialists, they know that you have already had enough stress following your accident, so they will make the whole process as simple as possible for you from that moment onwards.

This will include completing paperwork for you, arranging free replacement car hire and medical treatment, and generally taking really good care of you.


Whiplash Claim Compensation Specialist Nicholas Jervis

Nicholas Jervis, Solicitor (non-practising) and Managing Director of Whiplash Specialists Loyalty Law

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