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Child Whiplash Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

There is nothing more upsetting and worrying than seeing your child in pain. If they have been involved in a car crash or a sporting accident, they may end up suffering from whiplash. In most cases, children make a recovery within a matter of days. However, there are whiplash injuries that are much more severe. No matter what applies to your child, if they have sustained whiplash in an accident that was not their fault, you will be able to make a claim on their behalf. You need an experienced and reputable personal injury firm that can secure the maximum amount of child whiplash compensation for you. That is where we come in. We have many years of experience in the industry and we have helped many parents to get compensation on behalf of their children. We will be with you every step of the way to make sure you get the payout you deserve.

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A guide to child whiplash compensation claims

Whiplash happens when your child’s head is suddenly forced forward and then backwards. This often happens in car crashes. It can result in stiffness and pain in the neck, as well as pain in the arms, shoulders, chest, and head. In this guide, we will reveal everything you need to know about making a claim for child whiplash compensation. After all, if your child has sustained whiplash in an accident that was not their fault, you will be able to claim child whiplash compensation on their behalf. Read on to find out everything you need to know about doing so. This includes details on how long it takes to make child whiplash claims, causes of whiplash, average child whiplash compensation payout amounts, our No Win No Fee service, and much more.

How long does it take to make child whiplash claims?

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Parents and legal guardians have from the date of the accident until the child turns 18 in order to make a child whiplash compensation claim on their behalf. If the victim has not already made a claim for child whiplash compensation by their 18th birthday, they will have three years to do so themselves. It is worth noting that it is a lot easier to claim the sooner you do so. This is because the details will be fresh in your mind. Not only this, but it will be easier to get your hands on witness statements. After all, later down the line you may find that the witnesses have changed their phone number and/or moved home, making them difficult to reach.

Causes of a child whiplash injury

Whiplash happens when the head is thrown in a violent manner forwards and backwards. This is why it often occurs as a result of road traffic accidents. However, whiplash can occur in other ways. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Road traffic collisions and accidents
  • Being struck on the head by a solid or heavy object
  • A fall or slip where the head suddenly jolts backwards
  • A sudden blow to the head, i.e. during sports

As you can see, a child can end up suffering from whiplash in much of the same way that an adult can, which is why child whiplash compensation claims are quite common.

Child whiplash symptoms

One of the tricky things about child whiplash symptoms is that they do not always present themselves straight away. This means that your child may feel fine after the accident, yet they may start to feel in pain a few hours or even days later, leading to child whiplash compensation claims. This is why it is important to watch out for some of the most common symptoms, which includes:

  • Pain in the arms and shoulders
  • Muscle spasms
  • Headaches
  • Neck stiffness
  • Difficulty in moving their head
  • Neck tenderness
  • Neck pain
  • Pins and needless in the arms
  • Irritability
  • Poor concentration
  • Memory loss
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness

Child whiplash treatment options

It is important to make sure that your child gets the right treatment so that their injury does not get any worse. Common child whiplash treatment options include:

  • Stretches
  • Exercises
  • Physiotherapy
  • Painkillers
  • Keeping your neck mobile

Of course, it is important to see a doctor and they will determine the best way to treat the whiplash injury your child has sustained. Using a collar or a neck brace is not usually recommended for this type of injury.

How long does it take to recover from a child whiplash injury?

Every child whiplash compensation case is different. The recovery time will depend on how serious the whiplash is. In most cases, your child will recover within a matter of days. However, there are cases whereby neck strains can take weeks to heal, or sometimes even longer. There is no definitive timeline; people heal at different rates. You can find out more about this here. Your doctor will advise you on the best course of treatment and how long it will take.

What can I claim for after a child whiplash injury?

When making a claim for a child whiplash injury, you can claim for the following:

  • General damages – This relates to general damages for the pain and suffering that the child has experienced.
  • Out-of-pocket expenses – You can claim for any costs you have incurred as a direct consequences of your child’s injury as part of a child whiplash compensation claim, for example, the cost of sending them to a counsellor, loss of earnings while you look after your child, travel expenses, and such like. You will need to have proof of these expenses.

Steps to take when making a child whiplash compensation claim

If your child has sustained whiplash, take the following steps to build a strong case for child whiplash compensation:

  • Get witness contact information – Get the contact details of anyone that witnessed the accident.
  • See a medical professional – Make sure your child sees a doctor. Of course, this is critical for their health, but it is also important for their case too. The doctor will put together a medical report, which will contain the child whiplash rating, treatment, and prognosis. This is used to determine the payout amount.
  • Take photographs – As a lot of whiplash injuries occur due to road traffic accidents, you may be able to take photos of the scene to back up your case.
  • Make a note of what happened – It is a good idea to do this at the earliest opportunity to ensure you don’t forget anything crucial later down the line.

If I’m under the age of 18, do I need a litigation friend to claim a child whiplash payout?

Yes, if you are under the age of 18, you are going to need a litigation friend to make decisions about your child whiplash compensation court case. This will typically be your parent or guardian. However, it could also be a solicitor or another family member.

How much will a child receive for whiplash?

One question we often get asked is how much will a child receive for whiplash? Unfortunately, it is impossible to give a definitive answer to this question, as every child whiplash compensation case is different and there are many factors that are considered when working out the payout amount. However, the following breakdown should give you a decent understanding:

  • Severe whiplash (indefinite suffering and pain): £7,750 – £13,750
  • Moderate whiplash (future prognosis and symptoms persist for over two years): £4,250 – £7,750
  • Minor whiplash (recovery within two years): £2,500 – £4,250
  • Minor whiplash (recovery within one year): £750 – £2,500

You can view our child whiplash compensation table below for a better understanding of the typical payout amounts for common injuries relating to whiplash.

Will I receive the money for my child’s whiplash claim?

When parents make claims for whiplash compensation for children the money is put into a trust. It will be held in the trust until the child turns 18 and is old enough to use the money responsible. However, some of the money can be released for educational purposes.

Child whiplash settlement amounts

You will probably be interested to know how much compensation your child may receive for the accident they were involved in. At this point, it is very important to stress that all figures discussed are estimates. If a solicitor promises you a specific child whiplash payout amount, don’t take this as gospel. In fact, no one can guarantee anything when it comes to compensation figures. This is because every case is different – there are so many variables involved. What we can do, though, is provide you with the typical child whiplash settlement amounts for various injuries relating to these claims. This will give you a good understanding of what your child may receive.

Compensation ReasonTypical payout amountComments
Shoulder injuries – MinorA couple of hundred pounds - £6,000How soon the child recovers will determine the payout. A payout between £3,300 and £6,000 is usually awarded for a recovery within two years. A payout between £1,860 and £3,300 is for a recovery within a year. For recovery within a matter of months, the payout will be less than £1,860.
Shoulder injuries – Moderate£6,000 - £9,700Most cases involve a frozen shoulder with limited movement and discomfort. Most children experience symptoms for about two years. This payout bracket also accounts for injuries to the soft tissue that come with minor injuries.
Shoulder injuries – Serious£9,700 to £14,600These injuries tend to involve shoulder dislocation and some damage to lower parts of the plexus (brachial). The injured person will typically experience pain in their neck and shoulder, aches in an elbow, perhaps some sensory type of symptoms in a forearm and/or hand, and also perhaps some restricted movement in their shoulder.
Shoulder injuries – Severe£14,600 - £36,500These injuries tend to involve issues with the neck as well, and damage to the brachial plexus. The child will be suffering from severe disability.
Injuries (Minor) – A complete recovery is made before seven days are overA couple of hundred pounds - £525
Injuries (Minor) – A complete recovery is possible before 28 days are over£525 up to £1,050
Minor injuries – A complete recovery is possible before three months are over£1,050 - £1,860
Neck injuries – MinorA couple of hundred pounds - £6,000If your child makes a recovery within a matter of a few months, the payout will be at the lower portion of the spectrum. Otherwise, there are a lot of factors that are taken into account. This includes: any additional symptoms you are experiencing, how the child’s everyday life has been impacted, the child’s ability to go to school, the pain consistency and intensity, the extent of treatment required, how severe the neck injury is, and the medication that is needed.
Moderate Neck injuries£6,000 - £29,250The higher award level covers fractures and dislocations, which have serious immediate symptoms, as well as chronic conditions. The lower levels of this award are for those injuries that accelerate or exacerbate a claimant’s existing condition.
Neck injuries – Severe£34,575 - £112,750The highest payout amount is for cases of incomplete paraplegia, which results in permanent spastic quadriparesis. The injured person will have to wear a collar all of the time, despite this there will be little or no neck movement. The lower payment amount is for cases involving ruptured tendons, fractures, dislocations, and soft tissue damage.
Anguish (Mental)£3,350 A Fear of impending death and the expectation of the end of claimant’s life.
Suffering/Pain£1,000 - £200,000The level awarded will be calculated taking into account the child’s level of pain and the suffering that the child has experienced.

If you cannot find the injury your child has sustained in the table above, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us to find out more regarding how much child whiplash compensation your claim may receive.

No Win No Fee child whiplash compensation claims

One of the main features of our service is the fact that we handle all child whiplash compensation claims on a No Win No Fee basis. What does this mean for you? Well, No Win No Fee refers to a service whereby the client only needs to settle legal fees should the service be successful, i.e. compensation is awarded. If, the claim submitted does not lead to compensation for your child, then you would not be required to pay any legal fees to us. This offers you the monetary protection that you would not receive if you were to work with a solicitor that billed on an hourly basis instead without a No Win No Fee structure. There are many benefits associated with this. Not only does it take away the stress that can often be part of making a compensation claim, but also you can find out the validity of your compensation claim for free and you know you won’t get taken for a ride. After all, a No Win No Fee solicitor is held accountable for the service they provide, which should give you great confidence in the service.

Why should you use a specialist solicitor for child injury claims?

When it comes to any type of personal injury claim, it is always better to use a specialist that has experience in the type of case you are going to make. This is especially the case when it comes to child injury claims, as you need a lawyer that has worked on numerous cases involving a parent claiming for their child before. You also need a solicitor that has experience in road traffic accident claims. Of course, there are some circumstances whereby whiplash has happened through a slip, trip, or fall, or another type of accident. Needless to say, you wouldn’t want a car crash specialist in such a scenario. This is why it is important to choose a company like Legal Expert. We have specialist solicitors in all areas of personal injury claims, and so we can always match you to the best solicitor based on your case specifically, ensuring the best results. If you were going to opt for a general solicitor without specific experience, there is always the risk that they will make a mistake, which could end up costing you compensation. It’s really not worth the risk. You won’t get a second chance to claim after all!

Why choose us to secure whiplash compensation for children?

There are many reasons why you should choose Legal Expert over other personal injury law firms. Firstly, our experience far surpasses many other businesses in the industry. We have worked on hundreds and hundreds of personal injury claims over the years, and we always strive to achieve the maximum payout amount for our clients. This is why we have managed to build up an exceptional reputation in the industry, which is something we are very proud of. We also believe that one of the reasons our service is held in such high regard is because we genuinely care about our clients and we do put their needs first. We know that your main priority is your child, as it should be, which is why we will always aim to secure child whiplash compensation in the quickest and most effective manner. We won’t hassle you necessarily or cause you unneeded stress. Nonetheless, if you ever have a query, we’re only ever a phone call away.

Call us to launch a claim for whiplash compensation for a child

If you want to make a claim for child whiplash compensation, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Legal Expert via phone, email or web chat. You will notice that live support is available via a chat box found at the bottom right hand corner of our website. Simply leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also give us a call for free advice on 0800 073 8804. Our claims line is open seven days a week, from 9 am until 9 pm. You will speak to a friendly and experienced member of our team, who will be more than happy to assist you in any many they can. You could also fill in the contact form on our website to request a free ‘call me back.’ Alternatively, send an email to, and we will get back to you as soon as possible regarding your interest in claiming whiplash compensation for a child.


Helpful links

Whiplash Compensation Calculator

This link takes you to our guide on using a whiplash compensation calculator. You will also find plenty of additional information, including whiplash compensation claims FAQs, details on how compensation is calculated, as well as details on the different types of circumstances that can result in whiplash.

NHS – Guide to Whiplash

This gives you a great overview of the injury itself. The NHS provides information on the symptoms of whiplash, when to receive medical advice, the outlook for whiplash, the causes of whiplash, and the treatments that are available.

WAD In Children

This article provides an interesting insight into whiplash associated disorder (WAD) in children between the ages of 4 – 16 years old.

Whiplash Injury Facts

This is a comprehensive guide on whiplash. You will find whiplash injury facts, as well as details regarding prevention, treatment, diagnosis, common symptoms, and causes too.

Web MD Guide to Whiplash and Neck Strain

This is another useful website for information on both whiplash and neck strain. What makes this guide different from the other useful links is that it also has information on when your whiplash will feel better.

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