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Whiplash Compensation Claim

In recent years our team have dealt with some whiplash compensation claims. We have seen a surge in whiplash injury claims because there are more cars on the road nowadays, leading to a high chance of being in an accident. If you have been involved in a crash recently that wasn’t your fault and suffered from whiplash as a result; then you may be entitled to compensation from the person driving who was involved in the accident with you. Here at Tylers Solicitors, we believe that injury caused to yourself by the carelessness or mistakes of another person should result in you receiving compensation on their behalf.

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How much is a whiplash injury compensation claim?

Whiplash Compensation Claims Table
Although it is impossible to say exactly how much the average money settlement you will receive for a whiplash injury, here is a basic outline of what you come to expect. There is a compensation calculator on this website too which can give you a minor breakdown of the typical compensation money payments for each type of injury that is awarded. The amount of compensation you can claim for a whiplash injury depends on how severe the injury is with the minimum amount being around £875 awarded for a minor injury. Here is a basic guideline for the payout of whiplash injury compensation amounts and how they are calculated. Average settlements are:

  • Minor whiplash: £875 – £2,850
  • Moderate whiplash – £2,850 – £5,150
  • Major whiplash – £5,150 – £16,400

If you need more advice, then please try our whiplash claim calculator to see what the average claim amount is that people settle for.

You can also claim for expenses that are lost due to your injuries…

  • Travel expenses
  • Loss of earnings & bonus
  • Hospital visits
  • Car parking
  • Household costs
  • Cost of treatment & prescriptions
  • Help & care while you are recovering from your injuries

What is whiplash & what does it feel like?

Whiplash, or whiplash associated disorders (WAD), are caused by a sudden jolt to the neck and can cause nerve damage and can be caused by a car collision on the road such as a LVI (Low-Velocity Impact) which is a car accident that is caused at low speeds. This type of injury is usually caused when struck from behind, such as in a car accident. If a car strikes you from behind your head remains dormant while the neck is pushed forward. This can cause a jolt to the neck which can damage muscles and tendons & ligaments in the neck. It is usually said that whiplash can be caused when struck from behind, but you can also sustain whiplash when struck from any direction. The effects of whiplash damages can lead the sufferer to live an uncomfortable life. Whiplash can happen to any individual, adults & children, male and female and can last some days to being chronic, such as late whiplash syndrome or even a brain injury.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

There are many symptoms & side effects that can tell you that you may have whiplash. These include:

  • Neck pains & stiffness
  • Dizziness
  • Discomfort
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Spinal damage
  • Opera (Lower Back Pain)
  • Neck pain
  • Discomfort in the legs and arms
  • Shoulder pain
  • Headaches
  • Concentration & memory lapses
  • Migraine attacks

Treatments & Reliefs for whiplash.

There isn’t a known cure for whiplash but treating whiplash from the very beginning can speed up your recovery time quite quickly and help you to keep on top of your health. Most of the time whiplash can go away on its own, with or without basic treatments. However, in more severe circumstances whiplash can last 6 or more months and can cause great pain to the person who has suffered from the injury. This is known as late whiplash syndrome or chronic whiplash.

If you are suffering from a whiplash injury, then it is important that you keep doing gentle neck exercises from time to time to keep your neck mobile & loose. This will help you to speed up your recovery despite the pain you may be suffering. Keeping your neck still can delay your recovery.

Analgesics, otherwise known as painkillers, can also help you ease the pain you are in. The first that is recommended is usually paracetamol, which is used to treat mild/moderate neck pains. For more severe cases of whiplash, you may be prescribed a stronger painkiller such as codeine. Ibuprofen can also help with inflammatory issues, but please avoid them if you are suffering from stomach ulcers or heart problems.

Physiotherapy can also help with many common day neck problems such as whiplash by use of massage and manipulation. Some people have also turned to an acupuncture specialist. In many cases, a neck brace (collar) may be fitted to prevent further damage to the neck while it is healing otherwise you could risk a permanent disability. You may even want to consider chiropractic treatment.

There are five grades for whiplash, what are they and what do they mean?

  • Grade 0 – This means that the person who has suffered an injury has no neck pain or stiffness
  • Grade 1 – The person who has suffered the injury has complained about neck pain & stiffness
  • Grade 2 – The person who has suffered the injury has complained about neck pains & stiffness, and a medical exam shows that the neck can no longer function or motion correctly.
  • Grade 3 – Neck complaints & neurological symptoms such as decreased tendon reflexes.
  • Grade 4 – A fracture or dislocation of the neck and an injury to the spinal cord after a medical examination where the injury never really healed.

Whiplash Compensation Claims Process

Taking that into consideration you will need highly skilled, experienced lawyers to give you the best opportunity to get you then compensation you are entitled to. Here at Tylers Solicitors, we have the knowledge and training to utilise the information provided to our advantage allowing you the best opportunity of winning your claim. The staff we employ specialise in dealing with cases such as whiplash claims,  so when you get in contact with a member of our team, they can answer your questions fully and deal with any of the specific features of your particular case.

The majority of whiplash injuries are caused by car accidents but have also been known to have been caused through sporting activities. Whiplash is a serious injury that if not treated can cause pain and suffering for a long time. The injury usually occurs when the head of the victim is jerked backwards and then forwards in a way which damages the soft tissue of the neck.

We advise our clients to seek medical help if they suffer pain in their neck or back after a car accident or sporting injury collision. The pain may not appear until several hours after the accident takes place. Therefore, you may be suffering from an injury for longer than you thought, and if not treated, it may worsen over time. Symptoms of whiplash are; numbness in the arms and legs, headaches, dizziness and blurred vision. Long term symptoms are; depression, memory loss and difficulty to sleep.

We will also contact any third party medical specialists to legally assess your injury and medical records, and we can always advise you when we can about how to get financial help. Tylers Solicitors are one of the best expert claims management companies in the UK that offer full confidentiality of our client’s cases.

References

Is whiplash dangerous?

Whiplash is often thought of as being a mild injury due to the vast amount of false (fraud) claims & portrayals within the movies. In fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth as whiplash can be a serious injury if not treated properly. A whiplash injury can cause blackouts which can happen while driving or on the stairs, which could ultimately lead to even further injury or worse. If you start to feel pains in the shoulder, neck /and back after being in an accident, you should seek medical advice immediately.

How do I Proceed with Claiming Compensation for Whiplash?

If you have been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault and after receiving expert medical advice, results show you are suffering from whiplash, you may be entitled to a compensation claim. Our team understand that it must be difficult to suffer from an injury of this kind, so you need an experienced team to guide you. We have a vast amount of experience in handling whiplash claims & payouts and believe it is our duty to offer the support to all clients through their claims, so they receive the compensation that they are entitled to.

How can my doctor diagnose me with whiplash?

Whiplash does not show on an X-ray, MRI or CT scan and is usually diagnosed by your doctor based on the background of the injury and the symptoms that the sufferer is feeling. This can, unfortunately, lead to many false claims, but new procedures have been put in place to combat such false claims.

Whiplash syndrome, what is it?

A person who is suffering from a whiplash injury could be suffering from prolonged symptoms. This can be commonly referred to as whiplash syndrome where continuous headaches & pains, and also be subject to reduced movement, tingling within the hands and arms and also suffer from fatigue. Whiplash syndrome is also quite difficult to treat.

Can you recover from a whiplash strain?

Yes, you can. It depends on the severity of the strain. Many symptoms can begin to ease after just a few days, and many people make a full recovery within a few weeks, but with some people, the symptoms can persist. To protect yourself from further neck strain injury you ma be better using a neck brace so your injury can heal properly.

What types of accident cause whiplash?

The most common type of accident is a car or motorbike accident (also referred to as a Road Traffic Accident). Car accidents such as a rear end shunt, side impact crash or a head-on collision can all cause whiplash and can be claimed from the insurance of the person who is responsible for the accident (Tylers Solicitors contact the insurers on your behalf who will look at the driver’s insurance policy). Not all whiplash injuries are caused by road traffic accidents; other reported whiplash injuries were caused by headbanging, bungee jumping and every day falls. There have also been reports of injury caused on a roller-coaster.

Other references to Whiplash

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Whiplash exams & tests

Whiplash is an injury which you may not know you have straight away because the symptoms may come at a later date or develop after the accident. If you have been in an accident and you have hurt your neck, but you do not think it is whiplash, you should get your GP to check you out immediately anyway and ask him/her for some advice about rehabilitation and what to do while you are recovering. Your doctor will ask you a series of questions related to your injury and accident and will diagnose you as having whiplash or not.

Claiming Compensation for Whiplash as a Passenger of the Accident

You have found this website because you could be claiming for whiplash compensation in a car accident and you was the passenger of the vehicle. You are claiming against the insurance of the responsible cause of the accident. Many cases of whiplash claims are settled outside of the courts.

If you reside in the United Kingdom (UK), then please get in touch with our whiplash personal injury solicitor team on 0800 699 0079 to get the best legal advice possible. Remember our whiplash injury law firm work on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ arrangement and are always available to answer any of your questions. Call our specialist whiplash attorney team today! Please keep in mind that our company has to keep within strict regulations of the SRA (Solicitors Regulations Agency) to avoid fraudulent claims so please make sure you get diagnosed with your injury from your GP. Our aim is to get justice for our clients.

We are a no win no fee  (also known as a Conditional Fee Arrangement, or CFA for short) accident claims law firm which means that if your claim is unsuccessful, then you do not pay a penny for our service.

We deal with our whiplash claims in many places over the United Kingdom, including Manchester, Birmingham, London, NewcastleSheffield, Leeds, Bradford, Liverpool, Leicester and other areas of the UK. It doesn’t matter how fast they were going, even if it was at low speed, such as 5mp, 10mph, 20mph, or 25mph if the impact of your accident caused you whiplash injuries and it wasn’t your fault then you are eligible to claim.

Heat or ice to treat whiplash nice?

Inflammation usually follows a whiplash injury due to the white blood cells going to work on your damaged areas, therefore to help you to treat your whiplash injuries, cold or ice should be applied to keep the inflammation down if it gets too much to handle.

More about whiplash

Outside of a road traffic accident, there are other ways that a person can get whiplash. You could have got whiplash due to a boxing injury or while go-karting, or you could be involved in an abusive relationship. It is also a common injury alongside abdominal pain if you have been in a road traffic accident and your seatbelt has tightened up around your abdomen area, causing strain and also chest tightness or chest pain. You may also witness a strange burning sensation in your neck or shoulders, and sometimes you may find difficulty swallowing or it may hurt to yawn due to jaw pain. Other common pains being reported and injuries are earache, tinnitus (problem with ears ringing or popping), eye movement problems (such as eye twitching and other eye pain), fever, sick feelings, hearing loss, high or increased blood pressure, joint pain, ligament damage, a lump in the back of your neck, migraine attacks, night sweats, numbness in the fingers, hands, legs, back, tongue or face, and even erectile dysfunction.

Whiplash can arrive at any time after the accident, such as the day after, or around a week, or 10 days to two weeks, depending on the severity of the injury. It is not uncommon for it to be delayed.

Here are some types of accidents that can cause whiplash injuries:

  • While go-karting or other motorsports racing
  • Falling off a horse
  • As a cyclist or pedestrian (front, back or side impact)
  • In an abusive relationship (bullying)
  • Whilst boxing
  • From falling over
  • Airbag impact
  • At a gym or while doing gymnastics
  • As a passenger or driver of a car, bus, taxi, coach, motorbike, scooter

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