WHIPLASH CLAIM SOLICITORS - ACCIDENT INJURY COMPENSATION
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A car that weighs 3,500 pounds travelling at 10 miles per hour can generate a force of 25 tons when colliding with another moving vehicle. A sudden impact of this magnitude of force can cause massive physical damage to the driver or passengers in a vehicle that is involved in a collision. If you have suffered neck injury in a road traffic accident that was not your fault, you should consider seeing a whiplash claim solicitor to apply to the court for compensation. Over 40% of all road traffic accident injuries are caused by vehicles striking other vehicles from the rear. Whiplash can be caused by other types of accident, but vehicle collisions are by far the most common cause. Symptoms may not be immediately obvious and injuries can go untreated. A large percentage of those who suffer damage to the neck in a road traffic accident go on to develop arthritis within five years because they failed to get adequate treatment.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries resulting from a rear end shunt in a traffic accident, as the impact of the collision jerks the head forward, followed by a reflex jerk in the opposite direction. The result is sprained muscles or tears in the soft tissues of the neck. Other types of accident including frontal and side collisions can result in whiplash, but rear end shunts are the most common cause. A whiplash claim is the most common legal action resulting from road traffic accidents. The injury accounts for tens of thousands of compensation claims made every year in the UK. This injury can be sustained by drivers and passengers of most types of vehicle and is usually caused by a rear-end collision, with side impact causing a similar injury. Whiplash is characterised as a collection of injuries caused by damage to the neck and upper back. These injuries affect muscles, tissue, discs, nerves and tendons. Normally whiplash occurs when the head is thrown violently in any direction and then the head snaps back immediately in a reflex reaction in the opposite direction. These rapid neck movements result in swelling and inflammation that places pressure on the nerves causing pain and discomfort.
This problem is caused by injury to the soft tissue in the neck, commonly referred to as either a sprain or strain. Any jolt to the neck can cause whiplash symptoms and serious trauma can lead to more severe injuries. If you have suffered from a sprain or suspected damage to the soft tissue in your neck as a result of an accident that was not your fault, then you may be able to make a whiplash claim for compensation for pain and suffering and all related expenses. In order to succeed and receive compensation, a whiplash claim solicitor must be able to prove that the accident was not your fault or was partially the fault of a third party.
Whiplash Claim Solicitors
If you have been involved in an accident in the last 3 years and you have suffered injury, you may be able to claim compensation. If your claim is successful then the offending party will be liable to pay compensation for pain and suffering and all other losses. If you would like to talk to a lawyer, without any further obligation just use the helpline or complete the contact form or email our offices and a specialist personal injury solicitor will speak to you on the phone.¹ We operate the no win no fee scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation.² In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client.
Whiplash Claim Damages
The amount of an award depends on several factors including the severity of the injuries, the recovery period and any long term symptoms or disability resulting from the accident. In addition to compensation for pain and suffering, actual financial losses resulting from the accident may also be awarded. Compensation starts at about £2,000 for minor injuries up to hundreds of thousands of pounds for more severe injury with a chronic element.
This condition is more accurately referred to by its medical name of acceleration/deceleration syndrome and is a collection of symptoms that occur following damage to the neck. Physical damage occurs when the head is thrown back, forwards or sideways followed by reflex contraction in the opposite direction and this usually occurs in a car accident. The violent motion causes a sudden strain which affects the discs, muscles, nerves, or tendons of the neck and resultant swelling leads to pressure being placed on the nerves leading to the classical symptoms which may be delayed in their onset especially if the person who suffered from the effects of the whiplash was unaware of any symptoms at the time of the accident. Where it can be shown that a negligent 3rd party driver was to blame for the vehicle collision it may be possible to make a whiplash injury compensation claim for losses including pain and suffering.
Making a claim can be a complicated process. There are steps you should take immediately after the accident to improve the chances of making a viable claim. To succeed in a whiplash compensation claim it is vital that you can prove on the balance of probabilities that the fault of the accident lies with the other driver. You should ensure that you obtain the full details of all of the other parties involved and ensure that you have contact details of any witnesses. You should photograph the location, the damage to the vehicles and the injury. You should seek medical attention as soon as possible in order to create a record of the injury.
Our specialist personal injury solicitors deal with whiplash compensation claims on a no win no fee basis. To maximise the potential for a successful claim, we advise you to follow these four steps:-
- Collect together all the information that you think will help your claim.
- Visit a member of the medical profession for immediate treatment.
- Contact us on the helpline or use the on-line form.
- Leave everything else to us, and if your claim is successful you will receive a cheque for the full amount of compensation awarded.
These injuries are commonly sustained in road traffic accidents. Many injuries do not seem serious when they first occur but if left untreated they can go on to become much more severe. Pain in the neck can develop several days after the accident and other whiplash symptoms such as stiffness, headaches and dizziness may also appear at a later date. Injuries to muscles and ligaments may also occur, or you may experience abnormal sensations such as burning or prickling. Some victims go on to develop cognitive or psychological problems such as memory loss, impaired concentration, nervousness, irritability, insomnia, fatigue and even depression. A neck injury should always be taken seriously and treated with the utmost importance. Medical advice should be sought immediately or as soon as is practical, after an accident.
Whiplash can cause severe trauma to the spine which may take a long time to fully recover. In rare cases this injury can lead to more severe conditions that result in chronic pain. Occasionally damage is done to the vertebrae in the spinal cord. Symptoms following an accident may be present directly or may develop gradually over hours, days, or weeks after the injury and may include:
- neck pain or stiffness
- blurred vision
- difficulty swallowing
- pain caused by muscle tears
- sharp neck pain
- pain between the shoulder blades
- shoulder pain
- numbness and tingling
- pain in the jaw or face
- ringing in the ears
- low back pain
- shoulder pain
- pain in the arms or legs
Whiplash is normally diagnosed by observing a number of different factors. Symptoms displayed by the patient and any past medical history of similar injuries are taken into account. Physical and neurological medical examinations can be carried out and the results from these can help establish the extent of any injuries. If a patient displays serious whiplash symptoms then more extensive tests such as X-rays, CAT scans or MRI scans may need to be done. These imaging tests are necessary for assessing any possible damage done to the muscles, ligaments or to the vertebrae of the spine.
You need a medical examination from a medical specialist to determine the full extent of your injuries. This examination will also indicate the treatment that you need, which can involve physiotherapy, chiropractic therapy, osteopathy or several other treatments. The cost of private medical treatment, plus compensation for all losses, pain and suffering, will be awarded in a successful whiplash compensation claim.
Whiplash is a common injury most associated with road accidents. All vehicle occupants are susceptible to this injury when their vehicle is struck with force from behind, with similar injuries occurring in side impacts. When faced with sudden impact the victim’s head can be jerked forward causing damage to the vertebrae, muscles, tendons and nerves. Whiplash normally manifests itself as a neck injury, but can also cause irritability, insomnia or dizziness. Symptoms do not always display immediately which can result in delayed whiplash treatment. Sometimes weeks can pass before any signs or symptoms are evident. It is possible for untreated whiplash injury to degenerate from a minor muscle sprain to osteo arthritis in as little as five years.
Whiplash often seems like a minor injury and the symptoms are not always noted however, the condition can worsen if left untreated. Osteoarthritis develops in 40% of untreated serious whiplash cases within five years of the original accident. It is critical that you seek medical advice and have a medical examination as soon as possible after any traffic accident.
Treatment normally involves medication for the pain and anti-inflammatory drugs. Physiotherapy and heat therapy are also sometimes used. More severe injuries may require the sufferer to wear a surgical collar, or be placed in cervical traction. The need for surgery is rare but may be necessary when there are tears in the inter-vertebral discs of the spine, which have to be removed followed by fusing the neck vertebrae.
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