Whiplash is one of the most common injuries in road traffic accidents and has been the subject of much debate recently with insurance companies trying to reduce the number of whiplash claims following car accidents.
Our guide focuses on what symptoms you might have if you’ve suffered a whiplash injury.
Anyone who has suffered whiplash will know how painful and debilitating it can be and in some cases there can be permanent damage to muscles and ligaments leading to long term pain and suffering.
We’ve helped thousands of people who have experienced various levels of whiplash injuries to claim financial compensation for their pain, and receive rehabilitation such as physiotherapy to help them recover.
If you’ve recently been involved in a car or road traffic accident and think you might have suffered a whiplash injury we will explain the causes and the symptoms of whiplash to help you understand whether or not you want to make a claim for whiplash compensation.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a soft tissue injury to the neck experienced when the tendons and ligaments are extended beyond their normal limit, similar to when you sprain your ankle. This over extension is either a hyperextension or a hyperflexion and whiplash can occur even in low speed collisions depending on the position of the head and neck and direction of impact.
Whiplash is a soft tissue injury to the neck experienced when the tendons and ligaments are extended beyond their normal limit.
It is very common for whiplash symptoms to only develop the day after the accident or even two days afterwards so you might not realise straightaway that you have suffered a whiplash injury.
Mild cases of whiplash can last just from days to a few weeks but more serious cases can result in permanent damage. We typically deal with soft tissue injuries where symptoms have persisted for more than a couple of weeks.
There are a number of whiplash symptoms and you may experience all or just one or two of them until you fully recover. While you might be able to self-diagnose a whiplash condition, it is very important to visit your GP to explain your symptoms as a professional medical opinion is needed for claiming whiplash compensation.
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
If you experience any of the above symptoms following a car accident then it’s likely you have whiplash but you should always seek medical advice if you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident. Your doctor will be able to tell you if you have whiplash when you explain the pain and symptoms and how the accident occurred.
You should always seek medical advice if you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident.
Milder cases of whiplash can be treated with painkillers and you should try to keep the neck moving with gentle exercises in order that it doesn’t stiffen up. For more serious cases then further treatment may be required such as physiotherapy.
Amount Of Compensation For Whiplash?
The amounts of compensation are set by the Judicial Studies Board (JSB) who give a range for different types and degrees of injury. It is our job to get you the maximum possible where the defendant lawyers acting for the third party insurers will want to pay the minimum they can.
Typically neck and whiplash injuries can be valued according to the table below:
Table Of Whiplash Compensation Amounts
|Type Of Injury||Min Amount||Max Amount|
|Severe neck injuries||£16,400||£97,400|
|Moderate neck injuries||£5,150||£16,400|
|Minor neck injuries||£875||£5,150|
In addition to the physical injuries we can also claim for any out of pocket expenses such as loss of earnings, medical costs and travel expenses.
Why Use a No Win No Fee Solicitor?
Bott and Co solicitors are highly experienced in all types of whiplash cases and we’ve helped thousands of people recover after an accident with rehabilitation and physiotherapy and financial compensation for the pain and suffering and any out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of the accident.
Our lawyers have consistently recovered the best possible payouts for people suffering whiplash for more than a decade and we are ranked 4th in the UK for lawyer productivity (The Lawyer UK200 2012) across all law firms and we’re one of the top personal injury specialists in the country.
We’re an award winning law firm with a friendly approach and we treat all our clients with the utmost professionalism and never make you feel like a number as some law firms do. Our personable approach has resulted in 99% of clients saying they would recommend us to their friends and family – there’s no better commendation than that from someone that cares about you.
How To Prevent Whiplash
We hope that whiplash can one day be eliminated totally, many of our legal team have first hand experience of the pain of whiplash and as cars improve and roads are safer we can already see that whiplash claims are declining.
There are some things you can do to reduce the likelihood of suffering a whiplash injury by positioning your headrest correctly; it should be as high as the top of your head and tilted so as to reduce the forward and back ‘whip’ movement that occurs in a collision.
How To Claim For Whiplash
If you want to make a claim for compensation because you’ve suffered whiplash or other injuries in a car accident that wasn’t your fault then we can help. We offer a 100% no-win no-fee service so there is no financial risk to you and on the very rare occasion we don’t win your case you won’t have to pay anything.
Our legal team is standing by to talk you through the claims process and work out how much you are entitled to claim and how long it will take before you receive your compensation. Our initial advice is offered with no obligation and is completely free.
We can settle claims within a few weeks while more complex cases take several months. To start your claim today or just for some advice call our legal team on 01625 415850.