If you have been in an accident as a driver, passenger or pedestrian that wasn’t your fault, and suffered from minor to severe whiplash, you could be compensated so that you can get back into the same financial position that you were in before the accident. You can be compensated not only for the injuries that you have sustained, but quite possibly for the expenses that you will have incurred as well.
How Much Compensation Can I Expect To get?
The amount of compensation that you could be rewarded depends on how severe your whiplash is, and how long you are suffering/have suffered for. Here are some general guidelines for UK compensation claims, to give you an idea:
Where a full recovery takes place within a period of about one to two years, you could be entitled to compensation in the region of £3,200 to £5,800. This will of course depend on your condition at the time of the accident, plus any action taken towards recovery.
For Injuries such as fractures or dislocations, which cause severe immediate symptoms and which may necessitate spinal fusion, you could be entitled to compensation in the region of £18,350 to £28,300. We cannot promise specific amounts as it is dependent on the severity of your injury.
For a neck injury associated with incomplete paraplegia or resulting in permanent spastic quadriparesis, you could be entitled to compensation in the region of up to £109,000. We work hard to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve, most especially in severe cases.
What about Expenses?
There can be a number of expenses incurred as a result of an accident, and if it wasn’t your fault, you could possibly be compensated for the money that you had to pay out. Expense claims can include:
- The cost of repairs to the damage caused to your vehicle due to the accident.
- The value of your car if it was written off (valuation due to age, mileage and condition).
- The cost of vehicle hire whilst your car is being repaired.
- If you didn’t hire a car, you can earn loss of vehicle expenses – a daily amount.
- If you have entered into a legal credit agreement to be able to pay for vehicle repairs or hire, this can be claimed back.
- If your vehicle has to be stored whilst waiting for repair, the cost of this can be claimed back (although there is a limit on the amount of time that is covered).
- You can claim for your expenses in the towing and recovery of your vehicle after the accident if you needed it.
- If your car was written off, you can claim for the fuel which was in your tank and consequently lost.
- If you have a period of time when you couldn’t work, and lost money as a result, you can claim for loss of earnings.
- You are entitled to claim for expenses incurred in medical fees and medicines (remember to keep the receipts). This also includes nurse’s fees if you needed them during your recovery, as well as care and assistant compensation if your family or friends provided this.
- If you incurred travel costs as a result of the accident, such as trips to the doctor or hospital, you can be reimbursed for these providing that you can present receipts.
- You can also claim expenses for a holiday that you have not been able to take due to your recovery, or for loss of enjoyment; if you went on holiday and failed to enjoy yourself as a result of your injuries.
Whiplash can be a serious problem, causing years of pain and discomfort, so it is only right that you should be able to claim compensation for your injuries if they had, are having or are going to have an adverse effect on your life.
For more information about whiplash compensation, get in touch with us here.
Please note: Values are guidelines only. Your injuries and recovery are as individual as you are. The awards are guideline amounts only and any settlement will be based upon the evidence of medical practitioners.