Whiplash claims are most commonly made when people are injured in road traffic accidents. Likewise, the circumstances most frequently giving rise to whiplash injury, are when cars, vans or motorcycles are stationary and are hit from behind by another vehicle.
However, whiplash compensation claims do not only happen when ‘rear end shunts’ take place. They can happen when a vehicle is hit from the side, the front and the back. They can also occur in what are known as low velocity impacts i.e. when the vehicle causing the collision is only travelling slowly.
Wearing a seat belt can actually increase the whiplash injury. As the head is jolted forward, the upper body is thrown against the seat belt. However, the wearing of seat belts is compulsory where they are fitted. In addition, whilst seat belts may actually add to the effects of whiplash, they do prevent other more serious accidents, including front seat passengers and the driver being thrown through the windscreen and rear seat passengers from being thrown forwards into the front of the vehicle or striking other vehicle occupants.
Nor do people only suffer whiplash injuries when they have been involved in road traffic accidents. They can be caused when people slip or trip on the pavement and the fall results in them banging their head on the floor. Accident at work claims quite often include claims for whiplash injury e.g., if a warehouse worker is hit by a falling object from a shelf, or a factory worker falls from ladders and bangs his or her head on the floor.
What is Whiplash Injury?
Whiplash is in effect a sprain of the neck. It is caused by sudden movement of the head forwards, backwards or sideways. In a motor vehicle accident, for instance, the driver or passengers will find that this snapping forward, backwards or sideways of the head often leaves them with a very real pain in the neck and/or shoulders!
The pain may come on almost instantaneously but more often than not immediately after an accident, the victim will just feel very shocked and shaken up. The pain from the whiplash injury may then come on a few minutes, a few hours or even as much as 24 hours or more afterwards.
What has actually happened is that the discs, ligaments or muscles have been damaged by the sudden jerking of the head in all directions. Small vessel tears can happen as a result, causing swelling and pain.
The Symptoms of Whiplash
Quite often people suffer whiplash injuries without knowing what it is they are suffering from. The fact that the onset of pain may be delayed can even lead to the victim not immediately linking their painful symptoms to the accident that may have happened a couple of days before.
The symptoms of whiplash will include one or more of the following;
Neck and/or back and/or shoulder pain
Restriction of movement in the upper body
Change of mood – anxiety, depression
How Long Does It Take to Recover from Whiplash Injury?
Whiplash injuries vary greatly in their severity. People suffering only minor whiplash may well be fully recovered within a few weeks or months. However more severe whiplash injuries can last for a number of years, in very severe cases as many as 10 years, causing severe restrictions on the sufferers every day life.
Even moderate whiplash cases lasting 12 months to 2 years can impinge upon what the affected person can do. Driving, playing sport, exercising and work can become difficult and time off work causing loss of earnings is not uncommon.
How Much is My Whiplash Injury Worth?
It can become a bit of a cliché to say that no two claims are ever the same, but with whiplash injury compensation cases, it is certainly a correct statement. What might seem to be a relatively minor whiplash injury when a non-fault accident claimant first consults a solicitor, may end up with the person suffering the injury, having symptoms for 18 months or more.
The amount of compensation that an experienced solicitor is able to get for whiplash injury claims, is dependent on how long you suffer from whiplash. The effect that it has on your life is also a factor. For instance, if you regularly play sport, but are unable to do so for the length of time that you suffer from whiplash, this will have an effect on how much your claim is worth.
As well as making a claim for the pain and suffering that the whiplash injury causes, claimants can also claim for loss of earnings for the time they are off work as a result of the accident. They made need to undergo treatment for physiotherapy or other types of rehabilitation treatment and the costs of that can be recovered too if they are for treatment directly attributable to the injuries sustained in the accident.
Sometimes a good personal injury can get up front payments (known as interim payments) to cover things like this. Mooneerams solicitors are experts in making whiplash injury compensation claims and have over the past 16 years, recovered many thousands of pounds worth of compensation for their clients.
You Hear a Lot of Stories in the News About Fraudulent Claims: Is It Ok to Make a Whiplash Claim?
For instance, the research revealed that 40% of people who suffered whiplash injury did not claim compensation for it. The report also highlighted the fact that one in five whiplash sufferers suffer symptoms for more than a year, almost 9% of whiplash sufferers are diagnosed by a medical professional and that whiplash claims far from being on the increase, were on the decline.
We mention this as a counter balance against the, sometimes hysterical, press reports about the country being the ‘whiplash capital of Europe’, of their being a ‘whiplash epidemic’ and of ever rising fraudulent whiplash claims being made.
If you are reading this webpage because you have suffered a whiplash injury in a car accident, an accident at work or as a result of a slip or trip on the pavement, then it is likely that you are considering whether to make a claim. You may, at the same time, be wondering whether given some of the reports that you have seen in the Press, it is morally right to make a whiplash injury claim.
Our view is that if you are suffering from whiplash as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, it is your right to make a No Win, No Fee whiplash injury claim and you should do so. Those who have suffered from whiplash know what a debilitating injury it can be and how much of an adverse effect it can have on your day to day life.
You are fully within your rights to be fully compensated for the pain, suffering and inconvenience that your whiplash injury is causing or has caused you.
How Do I Go About Making a Whiplash Compensation Claim?
Once you have decided to make a claim, we believe that it is in your best interests to start the process of making a claim as soon as possible, by contacting an experienced firm of personal injury solicitors.
Mooneerams Solicitors are experienced personal injury compensation solicitors and are the only purely claimant personal injury solicitors in Wales. That means that we act only for people like you who have suffered whiplash injury and wish to make a claim against the person or company that was responsible for the accident that caused your injury. We do act for clients who are based in England too! We do not act for insurance companies to defend claims. We are totally independent.
Why not contact us here at Mooneerams?
You will straightaway speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer, who will explain the process in plain English (or Welsh). We will explain the steps that we will take on your behalf, which will include ensuring that you are fully medically examined by an experienced doctor. After speaking with us, you are under no obligation to make a claim and the initial advice we provide you with, will be entirely FREE of charge.
If though after talking your own circumstances through with us, we are able to advise that we think that you have a valid claim, and you decide that you want to make a claim, we will be able to offer you a No Win, No Fee service which means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t have to pay anything by way of legal fees.
So, call Mooneerams now on 029 2048 3615 and speak to one of our friendly and helpful lawyers. We fight very hard for our clients to ensure that they get the maximum amount of compensation possible. If you prefer to email us you can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org
It is worth remembering that you have 3 years from the date of the accident in which to bring a claim. however, the sooner you do so the better, whilst all the evidence surrounding the accident is still fresh in everyone’s minds.
Depending on the severity of your whiplash injury, the claim may take some time, certainly if more than one medical examination is required. Even with less severe injuries, where the claim is likely to take much less time to conclude, it is still advisable to start your claim as soon as possible. The sooner you do, the sooner you will be in receipt of your compensation!
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