Whiplash Compensation Claims
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Welcome to WhiplashCompensationClaims.info which is owned and managed by Winston Solicitors LLP, a regulated law firm specialising in No win No fee claims.
This site is dedicated to providing you with all the information you need on whiplash claims following accident related injuries in the UK. We also discuss the symptoms and outline the primary causes, what symptoms you may suffer from, and how you can treat the pain and suffering. You can learn more about how many people in the UK are affected by it, whether there is there anything you can do to minimise its effects, and how difficult is it to diagnose and treat.
As we are specialists in No win No fee claims we will also discuss how you may be able to claim compensation if you have suffered injury following an accident in the UK.
With road accidents more common than ever, around one in 200 people suffer a minor neck injury or whiplash every year, this site will provide some guidance on your legal options whilst also outlining what treatments or remedies are available to you.
On these pages we look at frequently asked questions on whiplash, in particular:
- What causes whiplash?
- How does whiplash vary in severity? Is every case different?
- How does "no win no fee work"?
- How is whiplash diagnosed?
- How is whiplash treated?
- What steps can be taken to prevent whiplash occurring?
- Is there any way I can see some information about any of your previous cases?
We then examine some of the statistics involved in whiplash injuries and take a look at some cases, some well known, some not, which give an indication of the way that such injuries are dealt with by the courts.
Am I able to claim for whiplash? (Requirements)
To be eligible the injury must have taken place within the past three years, that's it!
How do I start a whiplash claim?
It's easy! click here to begin and a specialist solicitor will review your case quickly and return with advice concerning your claim. There is no obligation and we operate under a no win, no fee basis. If you're at all unsure about whether or not you have a case, there's nothing to lose when sending an enquiry.
What happens next? What happens after I make a whiplash compensation claim?
When we receive your details it is sent straight to a specialist whiplash solicitor. We will instantly review your case and get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your case further. Click here to start you claim now, or use the big orange "Start now" button at the top of the page to calculate your award and submit a claim.
What is the average award/payout for whiplash claims?
The average award is difficult to specify as there are many factors which determine the final amount, such as the time it took to recover and severity of your symptoms. For more information check out the claims calculator here.
What are the steps to making a whiplash compensation claim?
- Step 1 - Complete our quick enquiry form.
- Step 2 - Speak with a specialist solicitor over the phone. The advice is free and you are under no obligation to continue. If you're eligible for a claim, we will discuss the process with you and ask if you would like to proceed.
- Step 3 - If you choose our services, you can relax. Your claim will be in the hands of specialist solicitors who will keep you informed and updated every step of the way!
How long does the average whiplash compensation claim take to complete?
This depends on many variables from the time it takes to gather your cases' evidence to how quickly you fill in and return documents. Quickly returning documents ensures a quick and smooth claim.
What things can get in the way of a whiplash claim?
There are a few things that may stop you from making a successful claim, such as:
- Over 3 years has passed since the date of your accident.
- The accident was your own fault.
- You were not in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
What is whiplash? Did I suffer whiplash?
A proper diagnosis by a medical practitioner is always recommended and helps your claim. You can also read more about the causes and symptoms of whiplash.
How often are people effected by Whiplash?
Whiplash has become widespread through car accidents. These types of injuries could lead to injuries that require long lasting treatment. Sixty percent of people associated with whiplash injuries require further medical attention which puts a huge strain on the healthcare system in the UK.
Whiplash as a term generally refers to the pain in the neck as well as back pain via any sort of accident. The definition of whiplash comes from the particular whip-like movement when the neck is snapped back and forwards in the course of any sort of accident. The most popular signs of whiplash are headaches, neck pain and also neck stiffness, wooziness, jaw pain, ringing ears and again discomfort.
Recent figures show that the car insurance industry pays out £123 in claims for every £100 collected in premiums, largely due to fraudulent claims and a big rise in the number of whiplash claims being made. One insurer recently made the calculation that on an average policy of £450 per year, half of it is to cover the cost of whiplash claims, fraud, legal fees and tax, so it is clear that honest drivers are paying too much for their car insurance due to the actions of the more dishonest motorist.
The taxpayer is also contributing to the income generated by these claims as each time a person visits their GP for whiplash, an £18 consultation fee is paid by the government; this costs a total of £8m per year.
Department of Transport figures for 2009 showed a total of 163,554 road accidents reported to the police which involved personal injury, with a large proportion of those involving whiplash injuries. The number of whiplash claims has risen by a quarter in six years though this is at odds with the government’s road casualty statistics which show that the number of “slight” injuries from road traffic accidents has fallen in recent years.
Are whiplash claims causing a rise in insurance costs?
Other factors are relevant when discussing the price of insurance premiums, notably uninsured drivers. It is estimated that about one in 20 drivers do not have any cover and this alone puts an extra £30 onto an innocent drivers’ premium. These drivers are also much more likely to be convicted of drink driving and are five times more likely to be involved in a road traffic accident as well as more likely to fail to comply with other road traffic requirements.
Another significant danger is that of fraud, notably staged car accidents where the guilty party deliberately rams their car into that of an innocent driver to try and win a compensation payout. This is a developing problem, once more typical of inner city areas; it is now more widespread to the extent that some drivers in the North West are having problems finding suitable car insurance. A recent survey said that one in every 20 motorists under the age of 35 have deliberately braked to try and cause an accident with the driver behind who would then be placed with the responsibility for the accident.
Another reason for higher premiums are young drivers themselves; the fastest growing group, with the average premium being £2,500 for a young man and £1,400 for a young woman. The reasons for the high premiums are because younger drivers are statistically much more likely to be involved in car accidents. Though they make up only 15% of all drivers they cause 30% of accidents and make up 40% of all claims costs and the government is actively looking into schemes, already being used in other countries, to try and improve road safety.
The schemes include one introduced in Canada where new drivers are not allowed on the roads between the hours of midnight and 6am. It has proved to be a very successful scheme and research has shown that premiums for younger drivers would fall significantly if a similar scheme was introduced in this country. It is also estimated that it would save 200 lives a year and would lead to 1,700 fewer serious injuries.