How Much Compensation Can I Get for Whiplash?
What is whiplash?
Whiplash is a neck injury caused by the head being whipped back and forth. The motion can injure the ligaments, muscles, nerves and tissues of the neck along with bones in the spine.
The injury is commonly associated with road traffic collisions but can also be a result of sporting accidents, falls, fights or other physical traumas.
The symptoms of whiplash can include:
- neck pain
- neck stiffness
- shoulder pain
- low back pain
- pain in your arm or hand
- numbness in your arm or hand
- ringing in your ears
- blurred vision
- concentration or memory problems
What is whiplash compensation?
Whiplash compensation is the money you may receive in recompense if you make a whiplash claim after an accident.
If you’re suffering from whiplash, first seek medical help from your doctor. This will allow you to receive treatment and alleviate any pain resulting from an accident.
If you’re considering making a claim, you’ll need to take some time to gather any evidence that may help your case.
Keep any medical reports concerning your injuries and make sure to note down the personal and insurance details of everyone involved in the accident.
This should include names, contacts and registration plates.
Also, look to take photographs wherever possible which could be used as evidence.
How much can I get for a whiplash claim?
There is no definite answer here and your entitlement may depend on a variety of factors.
Ultimately, compensation exists to cover the pain and suffering you may have experienced and to reimburse you for any expenses as a result of the accident. Some things to consider are:
- The severity of your pain and injuries
- The impact the injury has had on your quality of life. Has it affected your ability to complete day to day activities?
- The length of your symptoms
- Compensation for medical expenses
- Loss of earnings
- Emotional and mental trauma.
Whiplash compensation claims can range anywhere from hundreds of pounds to hundreds of thousands.
If you have any further questions about the whiplash compensation process, get in touch with Watermans today.
Our experienced team of personal injury solicitors are always happy to help.