Claim for Whiplash

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Claim for Whiplash

If you have ever suffered from whiplash after an accident, you will understand the excruciating symptoms of whiplash which can often be debilitating –– preventing you from working, engaging in those hobbies that you enjoy, looking after your family and continuing your normal day to day life.

What is whiplash?

A whiplash injury is caused by the sudden movement of the head, forwards, backwards and sideways. The vigorous force of impact can stretch and damage tendons in the neck causing a number of severe debilitating symptoms.

Road traffic accidents are the main cause of whiplash, the sudden stopping force of the collision can make your head move violently. Whiplash can also develop after collisions. Low speed collisions can also cause whiplash.

As well as road traffic accidents, whiplash can also be caused by a sudden blow to the head, for example, during contact sports, such as boxing.

A fall where the head is suddenly and violently jolted backwards can also cause whiplash, as can being struck on the head by a heavy or solid object.

How long does whiplash last?

It is important to seek medical attention and guidance at the earliest opportunity as your treatment plan will be based on your symptoms.

Some whiplash injuries following an accident can last a few days whilst others may suffer more severe symptoms which require extended care and attention. Whiplash that lasts for six months or more is often referred to as ‘chronic whiplash’ or ‘late whiplash syndrome’. Many sufferers of whiplash have been known to experience the symptoms over a longer period which can last up to two years or more.

Symptoms of whiplash can include:*

•           Neck pain and stiffness

•           Headaches

•           Pain in the shoulder or between the shoulder blades

•           Lower back pain

•           Pain or numbness in the arm and/or hand

•           Dizziness

•           Ringing in the ears or blurred vision

•           Difficulty concentrating or remembering

•           Irritability, sleep disturbances and fatigue

•           Tetanus

*Disclaimer: Please note that this does not constitute medical guidance or advice and a doctors attention is always required.

Whiplash Compensation

If you have suffered a whiplash injury resulting from a car collision or from an accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation.

A whiplash injury can have a significant impact on your day to day life. You may have experienced loss of earnings due to being unable to work; you may have incurred additional, unforeseen expenses, such as medical costs. Receiving compensation for whiplash can bring peace of mind in helping to reduce the financial impact on you and your loved ones.

The symptoms of whiplash can be severe and can last for a sustained period of time. It is advisable to seek legal guidance at the earliest opportunity to establish your eligibility to make a claim for compensation. With Kirwans, you have access to specialist Personal Injury solicitors who can guide you each step of the way. We understand that you want life to get back to normal as quickly as possible which is why our approach ensures that your case is dealt with efficiently and by an expert Personal Injury Solicitor not a claims handler

Our advice doesn't end with compensation, this is only part of your journey. At Kirwans we work with key partners to assist you in your recovery. With access to expert medical care and rehabilitation specialists, you have peace of mind in knowing that with Kirwans you have complete support.

How much compensation could I get for whiplash?

Every whiplash injury is different and the level of compensation will depend upon the severity of your injury. It is essential that your legal team gather the facts of your case to be able to estimate the amount of compensation you could be entitled to.

Compensation for whiplash is a common type of claim and compensation can range between £1000-£6000 depending upon the circumstances.

Various factors are taken into account when calculating the estimated compensation figure. For example, the severity of your injury and whether it has resulted in loss of earnings.

Choosing the right solicitor is important. With Kirwans you have expert solicitors who will strive for the best result for you. No gimmicks, just our commitment to providing you with 100%* of the damages

Can multiple people involved in a motoring collision claim for whiplash?

Multiple passengers suffering from whiplash during, or following, a motoring collision on a public road or a motorway in the UK is common. Whether you have been involved in an accident as a passenger in a car, or on public transport, you can also suffer the affects of whiplash. Each passenger suffering from whiplash is eligible to make a claim for compensation to assist in their rehabilitation and road to recovery.

How can the Kirwans Personal Injury team help me in my claim for compensation following a whiplash injury?

With Kirwans, advice doesn't end with compensation, this is only part of your journey with us. We work with key partners to assist you in your recovery. With access to expert medical care and rehabilitation specialists, you have peace of mind in knowing that you have complete support.

Our focus is to ensure a stress-free process for you throughout your case with the best outcome to ensure you get back on track as quickly as possible. Our aim is simple; to successfully obtain 100%* compensation for you. Whiplash injuries are a common occurrence and an unfortunate part of everyday life, but it is important to know that you are eligible for help and whiplash compensation is available to ensure that you get assistance in:

  • Recovering your losses in terms of lost days in work;
  • Taxi costs required for taking your children to school and/or attending recovery programs;
  • Providing you with required rehabilitation treatment;
  • Assisting  you with a hire car;
  • Providing you with access to one of our approved bodyshops to carry out the repairs to your vehicle;
  • Recovering medication expenses;
  • Recovering the cost of any insurance excess that you have had to pay;
  • Help at home during the recovery phase of whiplash;
  • Purchasing specialist equipment to help you on your recovery from whiplash.

To find out more call our Personal Injury experts today on 0800 525 035 for an informal, no-obligation chat.

* At Kirwans, we make NO deduction from damages in respect of our legal costs. However, we do advise our clients from the outset to take out an ‘After The Event’ (ATE) Legal Expenses Insurance Policy which would be deductable from damages upon successful conclusion of your claim for damages.

 


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