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On The Subject of Whiplash Claims

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Whiplash claims are some of the most common that are made following a road accident. Drivers and passengers can find themselves missing days at work and much needed wages through being incapacitated in an accident that is not their fault.

In situations such as this, it is a person’s right to make a compensation claim. Not only will it help the sufferer through a difficult time, but the knowledge that irresponsible driving could lead to a compensation payout acts as a deterrent to dangerous driving on our roads.

Whiplash is a soft tissue injury which occurs in the neck, usually after the head has been jolted forwards causing a sudden extension of the neck muscles. Neck pain sustained as a result of whiplash may be present immediately after an accident, or can begin a few days afterwards.

The most common whiplash compensation claims are made for neck injuries sustained as a result of a road accident. Although your body is restrained by a seatbelt during a crash, your head isn’t. The "whiplash" effect is a sudden and unexpected movement to your neck, which occurs on impact with another vehicle. Other causes of whiplash include strong blows to the head or through long term repetitive damage to the neck. Some people make a quick recovery but for others the pain and restricted movement caused by whiplash, can be long lasting.

Symptoms of whiplash include headaches, pain in the neck, shoulders and arms and dizziness. In severe cases, symptoms can include memory loss, problems concentrating, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and depression. It is always advisable to visit your doctor if you feel you may have suffered a whiplash-associated injury so that they can recommend the best treatment for you.

Due to the unpredictable nature of recovery from whiplash injury it is very important to get independent legal advice to see if you’re eligible to make a whiplash claim. National Accident Helpline can put a victim of whiplash in touch with a specialist injury lawyer who will arrange an independent medical diagnosis of your injuries and likely recovery. Whiplash claims can then be properly valued and fair compensation can be assessed.

Some insurers may be quick to contact claimants directly to make an early offer to settle whiplash claims. But make sure you insist on getting independent legal advice before agreeing to any settlement. A compensation claim can help insure that fair and appropriate compensation is received. It is important that anyone making a claim feels comfortable with the process – they should make sure that they work with an attorney that understands what they are doing and can help to keep the process stress free.