Whiplash Compensation Claim: How to claim compensation for whiplash following a car accident in England
Find out in a question and answer session how to claim whiplash in the UK following a car accident, how to get free online help from a specialist RTA solicitor – with a link to our detailed articles setting out how much your whiplash compensation claim could be worth together with financial losses you may be able to claim following a RTA.
Whiplash compensation claim question
Can you tell me how I should go about claiming whiplash compensation?
I was involved in a car accident in London, England which was not my fault. A few hours after the accident I started to feel pain in my neck and I was diagnosed with whiplash.
Road accident claim solicitor response
The process you should follow to claim whiplash compensation following a accident in England is as follows:
1. Involve a specialist road accident solicitor from the outset to claim your whiplash compensation
Whiplash is often described as quite a minor injury by members of the public, but it is not. A serious whiplash can lead to pain and stiffness in your neck for the rest of your life.
It is very important therefore that you involve a specialist solicitor to make your compensation claim.
That solicitor will make sure that you have all your evidence together to maximise your whiplash compensation claim and will make sure all of your expenses are properly claimed.
2. Keep receipts for all your financial losses
To claim all of your financial losses you will need receipts for all the expenditure you incur. Keep hold of your receipts and when asked provide these to your RTA solicitor.
3. Keep a record of your neck pain so that you can claim the maximum amount of whiplash compensation
It is a good idea to not only tell your GP of recurrences of neck pain following your car accident, but also keep a diary of the symptoms you suffer.
As part of the evidence to support your whiplash injury claim your solicitor will send you to see a medical expert who will spend 15 minutes or so discussing the symptoms you have suffered following your road accident.
Quite often as time goes by – you may forget about the duration and severity of your initial symptoms. If you keep a diary of neck pain symptoms – you can refer to this and make sure your neck injury is properly described and the amount of whiplash compensation you can claim is maximised.
4. Intermittent symptoms of neck pain demonstrates an ongoing whiplash injury
You have not necessarily recovered from your whiplash injury when continuous symptoms of neck pain disappear. Periodic or intermittent pain can continue for some time afterwards with the interval between pain being not just hours, but often days.
To ensure you receive the correct amount of whiplash compensation you should ensure that any intermittent symptoms are not ignored and are reported to your GP and to the consultant who prepares the medical report for your solicitor.
The difference in the amount of compensation you can claim for a whiplash with ongoing intermittent symptoms and a fully resolved whiplash injury can be thousands of pounds.
How much whiplash compensation can you claim?
The amount of compensation you can claim for whiplash will vary depending on the severity of your injury.
You will in addition be able to claim a number of financial losses and expenses as a result a your road accident injuries, including lost income, medical expenses, vehicle damage, etc.
How do you get free online legal help from a specialist solicitor?
We offer free online and telephone legal help to injury victims – see our specialist solicitor help to discuss your whiplash compensation claim online or have your questions answered.