Having a medical examination not only reduces the likelihood of any accusations of fraud from the insurers but it makes recovering your compensation all the easier.
We will set up a medical appointment with one of our specialists if you haven’t seen your GP but you should call us straight away if you’re at all unsure about what to do and our legal team will advise you on the next steps.
Why Use Bott and Co
Bott and Co settle thousands of whiplash claims and recover millions in compensation for injured people, helping you to get back on track with your life.
If you want to talk to us about an injury we offer free, no obligation advice and our legal team are here to help. Either call us on 01625 415850 or use the online claim form and we’ll get back in touch with you.
While some insurers offer compensation to people who haven’t had a medical examination (a pre-med offer) we strongly recommend that you visit your GP to explain the symptoms and allow them to diagnose your whiplash injury.
Our solicitors will be able to tell you over the phone if you have a viable claim and we’ll give you an idea of how much we value the claim at as well as how long we think it will take to recover your money from the other side.
What Is Whiplash?
One of the most common injuries that people suffer in a car accident is a soft tissue injury to the neck and back, usually known as ‘whiplash’.
This whiplash injury gets its name from the way the neck jerks forward and snaps back – like a whip – due to the rapid deceleration of the vehicle. This soft tissue injury can be caused at relatively low speeds as it often depends on the specific direction of the impact and the driver’s position at the moment of impact.
While the idea of claiming compensation for whiplash is often debated, and recent lobbying from insurance companies has been designed to reduce the number of whiplash claims, the pain and suffering that can be caused by whiplash and soft tissue injuries is a very real problem.
We help thousands of injured victims recover millions in compensation for whiplash and other types of injury suffered in accidents that were not their fault. We’ve seen first-hand how serious whiplash injuries can be and many of the cases we’ve settled are for people who have experienced years of pain in the back, neck and head.
Symptoms Of Whiplash (what it is)
Whiplash as a soft tissue injury is effectively a sprain of the muscles and ligaments in the neck – much like a sprained ankle. Anyone who has suffered a muscle or ligament sprain will know that it can be very painful, and take a long time to heal.
There are a number of typical whiplash symptoms and they can take several days to develop following an accident. Common whiplash symptoms include:
- Neck pain/stiff neck
- Sore muscles around the neck
- Reduced mobility of the neck and head
In addition to the above symptoms, some cases of whiplash can include the following:
- Back pain
- Pain or tingling of the arms and hands
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
- Ringing in the ears
- Difficulty Sleeping
Why You Should See A Doctor If You Have Whiplash
If you notice one or more of the above symptoms after an accident then you may have whiplash. If you want to make a personal injury claim because the accident was not your fault then you will need to see a medical expert.
We always advise that you seek medical advice if you have an injury or are in pain. You can start your claim with us without having seen a GP or visited the hospital but we will arrange a medical appointment on your behalf in order to present the medical evidence to the other side.
We don’t ever recommend claiming personal injury compensation without medical evidence as this can encourage fraudulent claims. We work very hard to weed out possible fraudulent cases and our internal checks and our experienced legal team are highly trained in identifying potential problematic claims.
When you visit your GP they will be able to diagnose a whiplash injury from examining your neck and back and listening to your account of how the injury occurred. They will also be able to make sure there is no other serious injury to your spine or vertebrae.
How To Treat Whiplash
There are a number of ways you can treat the symptoms of whiplash. Most of these can be self-administered:
Exercise – try to keep your neck moving so that it doesn’t become too stiff. You might only be able to do this very gently at first before resting. If you get concerned about the pain or it becomes worse then go back to your GP.
Painkillers – you can take over-the-counter medicine such as paracetamol as directed on the packet. Other anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen can be taken and there are also ibuprofen gels that exist for external use. Stronger pills like naproxen or codeine can be prescribed by your GP if needed.
Physiotherapy – most mild cases of whiplash won’t need physiotherapy but if the pain does not subside then you might find it helpful to have some heat or manipulation treatments with a qualified physiotherapist.
Sitting and sleeping position – ensure you have a good pillow that can support your head at night and when you are at work you are sitting properly so you don’t put added pressure on your neck.
Making A Whiplash Compensation Claim
If you believe you have a whiplash injury following an accident that wasn’t your fault then we should be able to recover compensation for your pain and suffering. Read our in depth “How To” guide for further details.We make the claims process very simple and take out all the complex legal work so you can relax knowing you have one of the very best personal injury firms on your side.
We will be able to recover General Damages, which is compensation for your injury, as well as Special Damages that cover any other out of pocket expenses such as loss of earnings or medical expenses and travel costs.
The amounts that can be claimed under General Damages are set by the Judicial Studies Board and are used by law firms and insurers to agree on the level of financial compensation that you are entitled to. It is our job to make sure you receive the highest possible amount within the following brackets:
For minor neck injuries the compensation can range from £875 to £5,150
Moderate neck injuries can be awarded between £5,150 and £16,400
While severe neck injuries that result in long term symptoms can be anywhere from £16,400 to £97,400