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If you have been in a car accident you may well have suffered an injury such as whiplash, struggling with limited movement, pain, discomfort and possibly unable to work or fulfill your usual activities. Whiplash is an injury associated with violent movements of the spine and upper spine. Recovering from it can be a lengthy process with physiotherapy often needed along with a great deal of patience.
Many who oppose the no win no fee personal injury claims process say that whiplash is a made up injury and abused by claimants looking for a quid or two. However, anyone who has sustained a whiplash injury knows the truth. Whiplash can cause serious pain, ongoing discomfort and prevent people living their life as usual. In some cases, people can suffer permanent injuries as a result. By seeking compensation, claimants can win a settlement to cover the pain and distress of their whiplash injuries, recover any losses (including lost wages) and access rehabilitation therapies.
Claims for whiplash compensation are usually an easy matter to resolve and can be settled within a short period, usually 3-6 months from the date a whiplash claim is started. But how can you know if you have a valid claim?
See the doctor to confirm your injuries
As with all claims for personal injury compensation, whiplash claimants need to provide sufficient evidence to support their claim. Working out whether you were at fault or in any way liable for your accident is an easy issue for us to resolve.
In order to prove that you have suffered a whiplash injury, you will need to have a professional medical diagnosis made of the symptoms you are suffering with. This can be done by visiting an A&E department or by seeing your GP.
People injured in a car accident are often not sure what to do next after such a traumatic and upsetting event. Whiplash injuries often take a few hours or even a few days to become painful, so it is often the case that victims don’t always receive immediate treatment from a doctor or hospital. However, medical evidence will be needed to support a claim for compensation and prove to the defendant that you have suffered a whiplash injury, and it will also prove the severity of your injury.
It doesn’t matter if you have not already seen your doctor or been to hospital, you can still start your claim and we advise that you do just that – don’t delay your claim for too long as it could have a negative impact on the outcome. Whiplash claimants don’t have to claim quickly, but it always helps the specialist solicitor when a claim is made at the earliest opportunity.
Making a strong, valid whiplash compensation claim
The sooner you start your claim for whiplash compensation, the sooner we can help you make sure that you have the maximum chance of succeeding with your claim. We can run through an accident claim checklist, help you to make sure that you have reported the accident to the right people and give your whiplash compensation claim the best chance of succeeding.
All accidents and claims for whiplash compensation should be reviewed on an individual basis. No two accidents are the same and with this in mind, it is vital that you seek proper advice so that you know whether or not you have a viable claim for whiplash compensation. However, there are some basic pointers that can help you identify where you stand regarding the strength of a claim or otherwise.
- Have you been involved in a road traffic accident that was not your fault?
- Have you developed whiplash related symptoms – stiffness in neck, shoulders and upper back, pain and discomfort?
- Have you received medical treatment, seen a GP or been to A&E?
- Has your doctor confirmed your injuries as whiplash?
- Do you think that your whiplash related pain and discomfort will last more than a few days?
The above is nothing more than a basic guideline. Even if you answer no to some of these questions, you may still have a valid claim for whiplash injury compensation.
We understand that making a claim for whiplash compensation can be a daunting prospect. However, at Direct2Compensation we’ll explain the stages of our simple claims process and give you the confidence to proceed with your claim. Indeed, if you have any questions, you can contact us with no obligation. At Direct2Compensation we guarantee two things: Firstly, that we will never pressure you in to making a claim, and secondly, that should your claim fail, it won’t cost you a penny.