Why does Whiplash have a Bad Reputation?

What is Whiplash?

Known as the “whiplash capital of Europe”, the UK is said to cost the insurance industry around 2 billion a year. 2.7 claims for whiplash damages are made for every accident that is reported, according to the Ministry of Justice. Insurers claim that this is more than twice the average of Spain, France, and the Netherlands.

Despite the statistics and the surrounding stigma, whiplash is just as deserving of compensation as any other personal injury that was not your fault. There are, of course, those who will try to be opportunistic and take advantage of an accident when they have experienced no personal injury at all. Whiplash is one of the easier personal injuries to fake as there are rarely any outward signs, but that leaves the blame with the individuals actively exploiting accidents, and not with Whiplash itself.

Whiplash is still a serious injury that disturbs the soft tissue in the neck. It occurs when the neck has been jerked quickly and aggressively in one direction and then rapidly the other way. The kind of accident which causes this can be; an impact from behind or a sudden emergency stop. The sudden jolting violently stretches the tissue, nerves, muscles, and tendons in a way which causes painful damage.

While car accidents are by far the most common cause of whiplash injuries, they can also be caused by the likes of a violent blow to the head, by damage brought about by a repetitive movement, or during an assault, which may take place in the workplace.

Why does Whiplash have a bad reputation?

Even though whiplash can cause long-lasting symptoms and impair daily living, it has a bad reputation amongst insurers, the general public, and defence lawyers. The stigma surrounding the injury involves people thinking that a person suffering whiplash is likely to be “lying” or “exaggerating” their injuries just to get more compensation.

The reality is; whiplash is a very real and painful injury that medical professionals take very seriously due to the severity of the symptoms. If you have been involved in an accident or assault and are experiencing any of the following symptoms then it is possible you have whiplash and despite the stigma, you should seek medical advice immediately.  

What are the symptoms of Whiplash?

Whiplash symptoms vary, but always tend to involve:

  • Dizziness
  • Tenderness or pain in shoulder, upper back or arms
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms
  • Neck stiffness/loss of range of motion in the neck
  • Worsening of pain with neck movement
  • Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull
  • Fatigue

Not every person suffering from whiplash will experience all of the symptoms, but headaches and neck stiffness are the most frequent to occur. Further whiplash symptoms can include sleep disturbances, blurred vision, tinnitus, irritability, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and depression.  

How much compensation can you expect from a Whiplash claim?

Whiplash injury compensation amounts vary depending on how severe your whiplash is and how long it lasts. The average claims payout for minor whiplash approximately £2,800.

The amount of compensation you receive is dependent on a variety of factors, such as the severity of your injury and how this has impacted your life both from a financial and emotional perspective. Use our Personal Injury Calculator for a better understanding of how much you could be entitled to.

You can also claim expenses as part of your whiplash compensation, including; vehicle collision damage, cost of vehicle hire, loss of use or vehicle, vehicle credit repair and hire and much more.

How to make a Whiplash claim

If Whiplash impacts your ability to work long-term or results in you having to take a few days off work, you have the right to cover the costs of a non-fault injury by claiming personal injury compensation.

Whiplash accident compensation will enable you to pay the costs of medical treatment, hospital visits, time off work and any further costs.

When you wish to make a personal injury claim for whiplash you should seek the advice of a solicitor or a law firm. Despite the fact that Whiplash claims are fairly straightforward, you'll want to hire a law firm that adheres to the following:

  • They have a wealth of experience and success in dealing with whiplash claims.
  • In the event of a successful claim, you will keep typically 75% of the compensation.
  • They will not charge any hidden fees such as administration fees.

Most well-respected firms will adhere to the above points and work to get you as much compensation as possible. To find out if you have a No Win No Fee claim, contact us using the options below;

 

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