If you have developed whiplash due to an accident which was not your fault, you could be eligible to make a personal injury compensation claim. To find out, you need to speak to our whiplash claims solicitors without delay.
At McGee O’Kane Solicitors, we offer free initial enquiries. This gives you the chance to find out if you can make a whiplash claim, without having to pay any legal fees.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash occurs when a person’s neck whips backward and forward very suddenly. This extends the muscles beyond their typical range of motion, causing them damage. It can take hours or even days for symptoms to appear. When they do, symptoms typically include –
- Neck, shoulder and back pain
- General stiffness/soreness around the neck
Whiplash is most common following a car accident, particularly rear-end collisions, but can also be caused by other accidents such as tripping or slipping. Scientific studies show whiplash can be sustained at speeds as low as 5 miles per hour.
Although whiplash is seen as a relatively mild condition, it can cause long-term pain. Usually symptoms arise within 24 hours of the incident, after which they gradually worsen over the following days. This discomfort can continue for months. In some instances, the symptoms become chronic and cause ongoing issues.
Not only are whiplash injuries painful, they can be so severe that your ability to drive, sleep, exercise and work are affected. This can have a serious impact on your life.
Therefore whiplash is not necessarily as ‘mild’ an injury as some say. Those who sustain whiplash injuries can suffer lasting pain, and this can lead to psychological and financial damages, especially if your ability to work is hindered.
Given the potentially disruptive nature of whiplash, anyone who suffers whiplash through no fault of their own is entitled to compensation to reflect the injuries they have wrongfully endured. Whiplash claims typically arise as a result of a road traffic accident.
It can be difficult to know if you are entitled to make a whiplash claim. Generally speaking, if you developed the injury in an accident for which someone else was to blame (such as another driver) you can make a claim. You can also claim for whiplash if you were a passenger.
To find out for certain, you need to speak to one of our personal injury solicitors. At McKee O’Kane Solicitors we offer free initial enquiries, so you can get free legal advice about your potential whiplash claim.
How much compensation will I get?
If your whiplash claim is successful, you will be awarded compensation. It is difficult to say how much money you will get because it all depends on the nature of your injuries and the effect it has had on your daily life. However, your settlement intends to recompense for your –
- Pain and suffering
- Your past financial losses (if any)
- Your future financial losses (if any)
How long does a whiplash claim take?
If you are thinking about making a whiplash claim, you probably want to get an idea of how long it could take. It is hard to be certain as it varies from case to case. In many whiplash claims where the injuries sustained are not too severe, we can fast track claims. This ensures that you receive your compensation as quickly as possible.
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We provide free, no obligation enquiries to anyone who suspects they may have grounds to make a whiplash claim. If this is you, please do not hesitate to contact our whiplash claims solicitors now.
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