Whiplash Injury Compensation
Whiplash is the name given to a particular type of injury to the neck. It is a result of a sudden force to the neck resulting in the neck being stretched and strained.
Whiplash is a common result of car crashes, but can also be caused by sports injuries and falls. If you have suffered whiplash then you can make a compensation claim against the negligent party i.e. the other driver’s insurance company. This is because drivers have a duty of care towards the health and safety of other road users.
Whiplash symptoms do not always present themselves immediately after the accident and can take a couple of weeks. Once present the claimant is likely to suffer from a painful neck and or back and shoulders, headaches, stiffness and dizziness. Usually whiplash injuries do not last very long and in most cases just a few weeks.
Make a Claim for a Whiplash Injury
In order to make a successful claim, following a car accident, there are certain procedures you should follow (if possible). This includes: obtaining the details of any witnesses, taking photographs of the scene, exchanging insurance details and noting down the description of the other vehicle including the make, model and colour. You should also seek medical advice as soon as possible as you have a duty to mitigate / not to exacerbate your loss.
The amount of compensation you can claim for whiplash will depend on the seriousness of the injury, the recovery time and how much the claimant is at fault for his or her own injuries, for example, by not wearing a seat belt or by being on the phone. The compensation will be negotiated by the claimant’s Manchester personal injury solicitor** with the negligent party’s insurance company. If the parties are unable to agree liability or the settlement amount then the matter will go to court.
If you have suffered whiplash in a car accident or otherwise then you should make a claim within three years of the date of the accident otherwise you may be barred from doing so. In limited circumstances the three year rule can be waived, although this is rare.
Whiplash Injury Lawyers Manchester
There are thousands of solicitors** Manchester and you need to make sure that you choose personal injury solicitors** you can depend on.
If you have suffered a whiplash injury and weren’t to blame, our Accident Lawyers can help you claim compensation through our No Win, No Fee* service.
Call our Accident solicitors** on 01618 855 335 or contact us online.
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