Whiplash injuries

Whiplash injuries

Whiplash is usually caused by a sudden hyper extension of the neck, which can result from being in a vehicle that is struck from behind, head on or to the side. Such an injury can leave a person in pain for days or months or it can have a long-lasting impact.  

If you have suffered whiplash in an accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation. This is a very common type of claim and our Personal Injury Lawyers help clients on a daily basis to get the compensation for whiplash they deserve.  



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Mrs D was awarded £4000 after suffering whiplash after her stationary car was struck by another vehicle while at a set of traffic lights.

"After I was hit by another car, I phoned Thorntons straight away. My claim was dealt with by Claire who was very supportive right from taking my initial statement. She provided me with regular updates on the progression of my claim, explained each step of the claims process thoroughly and managed to negotiate an excellent settlement from the other side of £4,000. My claim was dealt with professionally and efficiently and the service Thorntons provided was first class. I would highly recommend dealing with them to anyone!"

Whiplash claims and assessment

The impact of whiplash injuries can vary and recovery can take time. Knowing the right action to take early on can help – from prompt medical assessment and treatment to getting the compensation you need to help you and your family cope with the financial consequences of your injury.

Whiplash Injuries

We fully understand that every whiplash injury claim is different, and whilst the vast majority of whiplash injuries are straightforward there are some that can be life altering. Problems can include neck pain, tenderness and stiffness, inflammation, dizziness, reduced and painful movements and headaches. These symptoms can take time to recover from and sometimes require treatment such as physiotherapy to aid recovery.

Whiplash injuries most commonly occur in road accidents. When there is a sudden impact in a car, the passengers are often jolted backwards and forwards. While their body is held by the seatbelt, their head can be jerked sharply causing the injury. Whiplash can also result from any sudden impact to the head, such as a fall.  

Our team has the necessary experience to allow us to assess the severity of your injury and the appropriate level of compensation that should be awarded.  

Whiplash compensation

Generally, the bulk of a whiplash claim will be made up of compensation for your pain and suffering. Factors such as the time taken to recover from your injury, absence from work, assistance provided by your family members and any long-standing issues arising from your injury are also taken into account. You may have lost earnings by not being able to work, or have paid out for physiotherapy treatment. We will accurately assess the level of compensation that you should be entitled to for your whiplash injury and guide you through the claims process.

What to do if you have whiplash

If you think you have whiplash following an accident, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible for diagnosis and advice on the best way to alleviate any pain and treatment. An examination, scan or X-ray will reveal how serious your whiplash injury is – whether it is just your tissue and tendons that have been affected or if any vertebrae have been damaged. Your medical records will be referred to if you decide to make a claim for whiplash compensation.  

Make sure you give yourself time to properly recover before returning to work as returning too soon can prolong recovery time. Your GP can advise you as to when you are ready to return to work.

If you think you have grounds for a whiplash claim, contact us for expert advice on whether you have a valid claim and to get started with your claim.

How can Thorntons help?

Our Personal Injury Solicitors have a combined 175 years’ experience in dealing with personal injury claims, with a proven track record in obtaining compensation for whiplash injuries. We appreciate the impact such an injury can have on an individual., in almost all instances we are able to deal with your case on a no win no fee basis, so you can make a claim with no financial risk.

You can start your claim today by calling us free on 0800 731 8434 or complete our enquiry form. We will talk through your situation, answer any questions you may have and advise you if you can make a whiplash injury compensation claim. Our discussion will be confidential and you are under no obligation to make a claim. You can also take a look at our Claims Calculator to find out how much compensation you may be entitled to.

Useful Information

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