What’s My Claim Worth has extensive experience dealing with whiplash claims that have happened in wide variety of circumstances. We have a whiplash specialist team in road traffic accidents who will fight for the compensation that you deserve.
Our team understands that it can be a very difficult and daunting time for you and they will do their best to offer a sympathetic ear along with unparalleled legal expertise. If you have suffered whiplash, which was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.
We helped a client claim £27,500 in compensation – click the Claimometer button to start your Whiplash claim today…
What’s My Claim Worth will keep you up to date at every stage of your process, offering you and your family the best possible service.
There are more claims for whiplash in the UK than anywhere else in Europe. Road traffic accidents have decreased by 23% but claims for road traffic accidents have increased by 70% and it is also suggested that over the last 5 years, the number of fraudulent claims has also increased. A recent report into whiplash claims explained that if solicitors continue to work closely with the insurance industry, we will be on our way to tackling fraudulent whiplash claims. This will hopefully have a knock on effect and assist in reducing car insurance premiums.
Symptoms of Whiplash
The most common symptoms involved in Whiplash are:
- Neck pain
- Pain in shoulders or upper back
Less common symptoms of whiplash
- Muscle spasms
- Pins and needles in your arms and hands
- Blurred vision
- Lower back pain.
Whiplash symptoms will usually appear within the first couple of days after an accident but could last for months or years if particularly severe, which can also lead to psychological problems. If you have had an accident that wasn’t your fault and are suffering from any of the above symptoms, you could be entitled to make a whiplash accident claim.
Introducing Medical Panels
A person seeking to claim compensation for a whiplash injury must be examined by an independent panel of doctors/GP’s employed by Medical Reporting Organisations.
To combat fraudulent claims tougher guidance for doctors’ diagnosis might be needed.
Whiplash claims cost around £90 per year on every car insurance policy.
Too many claims are settled out of court because it’s cheaper.
The AA said that, over the past two years, claims for whiplash injury contributed to the biggest car insurance premium increases ever recorded. The cost of whiplash payouts is driving up the cost of insurance.
What Should I do Immediately After a Road Traffic Accident?
There are a number of things you should do if you have been involved in a road traffic accident. See our dedicated page for full advice. The first thing is for you to seek an injury specialist to assess your injuries and determine if you have or have not sustained injuries.
This should be done within 48 hours of the crash.
Before you see a Specialist
When reporting to your doctor, take extra care to identify specific complaints, take with you a list of all your complaints. If something does not feel right, your doctor needs to have this information in order to reach an informed medical opinion
Notify the Policy and your Insurance Company
After an accident you need to obtain as many details from the other driver as possible
This should include:
• Contact details
• Registration number
• Insurance company
You must then report the accident to your own Insurance company and, if you are injured or your vehicle has suffered damage, to the police.
Seek Medical Attention
This will ensure you get the appropriate treatment for your injuries.
- Was the other party to blame?
- Did they cause you to suffer whiplash?
How much is your Whiplash Claim Worth?
The average payout for a whiplash claim can vary depending on the severity of your injuries and how they occurred. If you think you have a claim to make you can try our Claimometer to see how much your whiplash claim may be worth. We understand that the injuries that you have suffered can have severe consequences on your day to day life. When fighting for your compensation payout we take into account if you have had to take time off work, if you have had to pay for medication and any other losses that you may have incurred.
Whiplash Case Studies from What’s My Claim Worth
- £2,000 awarded for our client who suffered whiplash injuries from car crash at t-junction
- £4,000 compensation for whiplash claim after unsuccessful claim with previous lawyers
- £5,000 awarded in compensation after RTA accident causing whiplash and emotional distress
- £18,500 awarded for whiplash accident claim involving the emergency services
- £27,500 compensation for client after defendant denied being involved
How to make a Compensation Claim for Whiplash
What’s My Claim Worth specialises in whiplash claims. Our specialist team of road traffic accident solicitors has a wide range of experience in dealing with all types of claims, with claims valued from the most straight forward of whiplash injury claims to catastrophic injury claims.
Your solicitor will do all the hard work for you. As part of the process of collecting evidence your solicitor will arrange a medical expert to assess your whiplash before writing a report regarding the extent of your injuries.
Child Whiplash Claims
Children as well as adults can experience whiplash injuries. Following a road traffic accident, your child may begin to display the symptoms of whiplash. These may include; neck stiffness, restricted movement, headaches, neck pain and more.
If you believe your child is suffering from whiplash, you should arrange for them to see a doctor as soon possible.
Following this, you may be able to make a compensation claim on your child’s behalf. According to UK law, individuals under the age of 18 cannot file their own personal injury claims. Instead, their parent or guardian will normally be appointed to represent them as their ‘litigation friend.’
A ’litigation friend’ will take on all responsibilities related to the claim on the child’s behalf.
Suffered from whiplash before you turned 18?
Children have a longer period in which to make a compensation claim. Whilst adults have 3 years from the date they suffered the accident to make a claim, children have 3 years from their 18th birthday to claim. This means that if you suffered from whiplash as a child, you may still be able to claim as an adult.