How Do I Claim for Whiplash?
Claiming for whiplash may be confusing as most are only likely to be affected by this condition on average only once or twice in a lifetime if at all. Making a claim for whiplash therefore is not something you do everyday. If you are suffering from whiplash neck injury following a collision or impact in an accident, a soft tissue neck or spine injury may occur which is quite hard to detect and is usually only diagnosed by a doctor or accident and emergency department when assessing symptoms. The causation of whiplash injury is predominantly when involved in car accidents, but the injury can also be induced if involved in sports accidents and in tripping and fall accidents maybe whilst at work or in public places. This guide should help you if injured and looking to claim for whiplash compensation.
You perhaps are here as you are experiencing some difficulties due to this painful situation and predicament you are in. Do not think that this is a permanent condition. In the vast majority of cases recovery can happen relatively quickly. However, you still can claim for the pain and suffering and sheer inconvenience of it all. There are certain things that you should know before you claim. To be sure that the necessary compensation is awarded from the information available, it is important that before you approach a company you have all the available information to hand in these situations.
To start a claim you want to provide information about the car accident.
Ideally as much information as you can. The driver’s name, addresses, make and model of car. Witness names, the time and location of the accident, what happened and who do you think was at fault.
How does whiplash injury occur?
From a sudden jolt to the neck and or spine from impact in a collision.
What happens if you need a backup car?
We can help with that also if the accident was not your fault.
Do I deal with the insurance company direct as I don’t have a lawyer?
No you don’t need a regular solicitor, you deal with the appointed expert whiplash solicitor who deals directly with the third party’s (the person that caused the accident) insurance company.
My whiplash claim. Should I use a solicitor or would a claims company be best?
Firstly you will need to examine the companies and solicitors that can help you make a claim. This of course is easy when you make a search online for claim companies or accident compensation solicitors. You’ll be presented with a myriad of companies from which to choose from all wanting to help you with your personal injury claim for comepnsation. So how do you choose? To decide, it is best to check reviews from past customers as a guide to the service of the company you use. I you chose a claim company they can usually help explain things in an easy to understand language and in simple terms for you. They will help you find a good pi solicitor to get your claim moving quickly for a fast whiplash payout. We at The Accident Claim Company have expert solicitors in recent whiplash law and personal injury settlements that will help you every step of the way. Some people are put off approaching solicitors and can feel intimidated or not clear on what they are saying. Using a claim company to help get your claim started is the option most people chose as they will not only help collate and submit the information to good whiplash solicitors, but also can help get you your claim taken on and accepted in the first place. Let us explain this in more detail.
You have three years in which to file a claim for compensation, but the sooner you claim the better. Many people don’t bother to claim or are put off claiming until the last minute, this is not wise. Here at The Accident Claim Company we can help you find a solicitor that will take a claim on with only a few months or even weeks left on this limitation period. Believe it or not it is common for the very large vast majority of solicitors firms to reject your case in this situation because you have taken so long or they feel it is too close to limitation period for success to get you compensation. The Accident Claim Company have appointed many good solicitors and can help with these whiplash claim cases that have been rejected elsewhere and only have even a few weeks left before this three year limitation is up. The average person would not have the knowledge resources or time to phone hundreds of companies in hope of getting compensation in these situations and end up leaving it and not claiming, which is a great shame. That is why choosing an accident claim company like us may be simpler and easier for you in terms of both time and money.
Whiplash Neck or Spine injury and common Whiplash symptoms
The symptoms may take some time to start, in other cases appear straight away and they may include a sharp pain and discomfort in the neck, your shoulders and or the arms, some pins & needles trapped nerves & in some extreme cases of nerve lesions are known, in addition to ringing in the ears (tinnitus), feeling low with depression and loss of memory.
Treatment of whiplash
Treatment of whiplash neck strain should ideally include a good posture, blocks of ice and your GP can also provide a physiotherapy advisor if the condition is severe. It’s very important to try to keep (as closely as physically possible) your activities of the day to as normal as you can without over doing it or straining yourself further, as it will help heal the soft tissue wounds of whiplash injury.
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