Whiplash is an injury caused by a severe jerk to the head, usually as a result of a car accident. The most common type of car accident is the rear impact, and most typically, the occupant in the vehicle that gets “rear-ended” (hit from behind) is at the greatest risk of injury, including whiplash.
Can I make a claim for whiplash?
Yes, providing that your whiplash injuries were sustained in an accident which was not entirely your fault, and that accident must have been caused by third party negligence. Negligence means that there was a failure in a duty of care. In the case of road traffic accidents, this means a failure in a duty of care to you as a road user. Negligence can be failing to look before pulling out from a junction; speeding; using a mobile phone while driving, or driving under the influence of alcohol.
Getting proof for your claim
As an experienced whiplash compensation solicitor, we can arrange for you to be examined by whiplash injury medical specialists, who will provide evidence of your injuries to help substantiate your claim. The defence may also request an independent medical examination to confirm the seriousness of your injuries, or may even attempt to use this assessment to discredit your claim.
If you have been injured and suffered a whiplash injury as a result of an accident then you may be entitled to compensation.
There is a 2 year time limit to making a personal injury compensation claim from the date of the accident, so it’s advisable to seek expert legal advice as soon as you think you may have a valid claim for compensation. It’s often easier to investigate your accident claim if you begin proceedings quickly.
If you would like us to help you, or if you would simply like to have a chat to discuss your options about any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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