Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained in car accidents. The Association of British Insurers released a report showing that over 430,000 people made a whiplash claim (often being helped by no win no fee solicitors) annually, bringing the total compensation claimed for to £1.9 billion every single year. This trend has continued in the last four years and the picture in the US is very much the same, although on an even larger scale.
The definition of whiplash is not agreed upon in medical circles, as the word remains a commonly used cover-all phrase rather than a medical term. However, whiplash-associated disorders (WAD) include a range of injuries to the neck caused by a sudden distortion of the neck, associated with extension.
The reason whiplash is so common is because it is very easily sustained in collisions, even at relatively low speed. Some people feel the symptoms of whiplash immediately after their vehicle is hit and their neck and back receive a sudden jolt forwards, backwards or sideways. Other people find that the symptoms to not surface for a number of days or even weeks.
The symptoms include a prolonged stiffness of the neck, headaches, dizziness, shoulder and back pain, and a difficulty swallowing.
Whether or not you experience the symptoms of whiplash immediately after being involved in a car accident, you should consult your GP or a nurse as soon as possible after the incident.
Once you have received some medical advice, you can start to consider whether or not you’re eligible for compensation, and if so, how much. No win no fee solicitors are often the best people to turn to for a fast result and the largest pay out, but if you want to get an idea of how much compensation you might be eligible for, search the web for a compensation calculator.
Generally, compensation for a minor whiplash injury is likely to amount to around $5,000 to $6,000. More serious injuries could be awarded a pay-out of $8,000 to $9,000.
Some people sustain very serious injuries to their neck or spine as a result of car accidents and whiplash claims in these instances can lead to compensation pay-outs in excess of $85,000.
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