Accident lawyers who specialise in road traffic accidents process whiplash claims more than any other kind. This is hardly surprising though when you consider that whiplash injuries are the most common injuries sustained in vehicle collisions.
If you have suffered a whiplash injury in a road traffic accident, and the accident was not your fault, then you may be eligible for financial compensation. You may also be able to claim if you were injured by an uninsured driver or you were involved in a hit and run.
The amount of compensation you are awarded for your whiplash depends on the extent of your injuries and how your injuries have and will affect your life. The more severe your injuries are, and the longer your recovery period is, then the higher your pay-out will be. In addition to this, you can also claim back any lost earnings and out of pocket expenses.
Whiplash injuries are usually graded on a scale of 1 -3, with 1 being minor, 2 being moderate and 3 being severe. The extent of your whiplash will be ascertained through a medical examination set up by your accident lawyers. The medical examination will be conducted by an expert in your injuries and their report will form the basis of your whiplash claim.
Grade 1 whiplash
This is minor whiplash with a recovery period of a couple of weeks at the most. This grade is usually diagnosed where the only symptoms are pain and discomfort.
The average pay-out for grade 1 whiplash is £1,000-£2,500.
Grade 2 whiplash
This is moderate whiplash with a recovery period of over a month. This grade is diagnosed where there are musculoskeletal signs of injury with significant pain and discomfort.
The average pay-out for grade 2 whiplash is £2,500-£5,000.
Grade 3 whiplash
This is severe whiplash with a recovery period in excess of a few months. This grade is diagnosed where there are musculoskeletal and neurological symptoms.
The average pay-out for grade 3 whiplash is £5,000-£9,000.
How much is my claim worth?
Without knowing the true extent of your injuries, we cannot say. If you received medical treatment for your injuries however and the doctor or consultant treating you mentioned any of the symptoms above, you can get a rough estimate. Your accident lawyers will always push for the maximum pay-out possible, to help you get your life back on track.
Discuss your case with expert accident lawyers today
To get a better estimated pay-out for your whiplash injuries or to find out more about how the claims process works, call our free and no obligation claims helpline today on 0800 157 1437 and discuss your case with one of our experienced claims advisors.