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Whiplash Injury compensation claims
One of the most common, and often misunderstood injuries sustained in a road traffic accident, is whiplash.
Whiplash can be anything from a few aches and pains, resulting from a minor soft-tissue neck injury, to a more serious bony injury, affecting the vertebrae of the neck.
If you have suffered a whiplash injury in a road traffic accident, you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation from the insurers of the person at fault. MG Legal’s expert personal injury compensation solicitors handle all whiplash claims on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, with no financial risk to you.
What are the most common causes of a Whiplash injury?
The average human head weighs around 5kg or 11lbs. Believe it or not, that's more than most new-born babies, and all that is balanced on just 7 vertebrae in your neck and supported by around 20 muscles that are responsible for moving your head around and keeping that weight in place. When you look at it like this, it's easy to see why 8 in 10 personal injury claims following road traffic accidents are now for whiplash, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI).
So, what causes you to suffer whiplash? Whiplash is an injury to the neck caused by the rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, commonly caused to drivers in road traffic accidents, but can also result from sporting accidents, trips and falls, or being assaulted.
Whiplash may be called a neck sprain or strain, but these terms also include other types of neck injuries. The NHS explain the symptoms of whiplash here.
Most of the clients that our personal injury solicitors have helped win whiplash injury compensation for, have only suffered with whiplash lasting for a few weeks, and have got better by following a treatment plan including pain medication and exercise- the monies for this were of course obtained by our personal injury solicitors, from the person that caused them whiplash in the first place, thereby ensuring that our injured clients are not out of pocket. However, some people have chronic neck pain and other long-lasting complications. The most common causes of whiplash that our personal injury soliciors deal with, are caused by:
Contact sports such as football, boxing, and karate
Trips and falls in which the head violently jerks backward
If you have suffered whiplash as a result of a road traffic accident, accident at work, sporting injury, or even as the result of a criminal assault, then please do not hesitate to contact our expert personal injury solicitors for a no nonsense, no cost chat. We accept all personal injury claims, on a No Win No Fee basis, and with a success rate of 99% for all the injury claims we do accept, you can be assured that you are in safe hands.
What does whiplash feel like?
The symptoms of whiplash are most commonly:
Neck pain and stiffness
Difficulty in moving your head up down or side to side
Headaches at the base of the skull
More serious, chronic whiplash can have the following symptoms:
Ringing in the ears
Inability to sleep well
Constant pain in the shoulders, neck and head
How is whiplash diagnosed?
Most cases of whiplash injury are self-diagnosed, with mild to moderate cases being self-medicated with pain-killers, massage, ice-packs, and rest. However, despite whiplash being much maligned, by those who speak up against road traffic accidents, whiplash can have effects that change your lifestyle, hobbies, and sleeping pattern. If you suffer from chronic whiplash, you are for example hardly likely to be training very hard the gym, be able to work properly, or find sleeping in the same spot very comfortable.
If you are suffering from chronic whiplash, and the symptoms last longer than a few days, you must seek medical attention from your GP. In order to diagnose your injury, your GP will ask how the whiplash injury occurred; for example if caused by a road traffic accident, they will ask questions relating to the road traffic accident, such as, what was the estimated speed of the vehicles, where were you sat in the vehicle, and if you were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the road traffic accident. Your GP should carry out a physical examination and if any abnormalities are found, or the GP has any concerns, than an X-ray of the affected areas may be arranged, and to rule out any type of more serious injury, or degenerative disease, such as arthritis.
How much is my whiplash injury claim worth?
Depending on the severity of your whiplash injuries, will determine how much your whiplash injury claim wil be worth. The claim will be broken down into general and special damages, which are explained fully here.
For the injuries alone, and the pain and suffering that they caused, our specialist injury solicitors have put together this table using Judicial College guidelines.
Injuries involving soft tissue and disc lesion of the more severe type
Injuries where pre-existing conditions have been exacerbated, or where there is increased vulnerability to further trauma
Minor soft tissue injuries
How much compensation will I receive if I have a whiplash injury?
There is no one answer that we can give in response to this question. Every one of MG Legal’s clients are different, the whiplash injuries will vary, from minor, to chronic, and the effects on each injured person will be different, as will the period for recovery. The compensatory awards for whiplash injuries vary from hundreds of pounds, to potentially tens of thousands of pounds; each case really is that different.
In order to ascertain the prognosis, or period for recovery, MG Legal’s whiplash injury compensation claim solicitors will send you to a court approved medical expert in order that a full detailed report on your whiplash injuries can be drafted. The report will detail how the whiplash injury was sustained; road traffic accident, sporting injury, cycling accident or trip or fall, and list the full extent and nature of your whiplash injuries, stating how your life, and even that of your family have been affected by the accident.
How long do I have to make a claim if have whiplash after an accident?
Usually anyone who has sustained a whiplash injury, has 3 years from the date of the accident within which to pursue a claim. After this time, subject to the Limitation Act 1980, in most cases, if you have not made a claim for personal injury compensation within that time, then your claim will be statute barred.
There are, of course, exceptions. Minors, meaning children under the age of 18, have 3 years from the date of their 18th birthday to make a claim, regardless of when the injury occured. Time limits may differ if you are acting on behalf of someone with limited mental capacity, if you are acting as guardian or subject a lasting power of attorney. If your whiplash was caused by an assault, and the matter is being handled by our whiplash injury compensation claim solicitors, subject to the Criminal Injuries Claims Authority (CICA) then you have 2 years from the date of the assault. There are however, exceptions, The two years does not apply to the other physical injuries, if you were unable to pursue a claim due issues you may have had with your mental or physical health.
If you have any questions or queries, then please do not hesitate to contact one of MG Legal’s personal injury experts, here…
Why choose MG Legal for my whiplash injury compensation Claim?
In an ever competitive, growing market, brimming with ‘lawyers’ (or claims referral companies) advertising on daytime TV, why should you choose MG Legal’s expert personal injury specialist solicitors for your whiplash injury compensation claim? Well, the answer is quite simple. We are specialist legally qualified solicitors, who only employ the best solicitors, with a proven track record of excellence. Our, genuine, client reviews, speak for themselves, and in an ever more impersonal area of the law, MG Legal’s respectful, hands on approach is refreshing and will leave you glad you chose our team.