Whiplash Solicitors – How to start a No Win No Fee whiplash injury claim?
If you have been injured in a car accident, it is not uncommon for you to develop whiplash, which can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. There are varying degrees of whiplash, but whatever the severity, if the car accident that caused it was not your fault, it is likely that you will be able to make a claim for compensation with specialist whiplash solicitors, who will fight for your right to be compensated for your injures and any financial losses resulting directly from those injuries.
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- A guide to using a whiplash solicitor
- What is a whiplash solicitor?
- What is Whiplash?
- Can my whiplash solicitor file my compensation claim against the driver at fault?
- After I start my claim with my whiplash solicitor what would I then need to do?
- How long do you have to claim for whiplash?
- Can I get free advice from a whiplash solicitor?
- What are the benefits from using a specialist whiplash solicitor compared to a non-specialist solicitor?
- The most common types of claims that our whiplash solicitors regularly work on
- No Win No Fee whiplash solicitors
- Why choose us as your claims service for a whiplash claim?
- Call us for free advice from whiplash experts and to start a claim
One of the most common injuries resulting from a car accident, whether you are travelling as a driver or a passenger is whiplash. However, it isn’t solely an injury you can get from a car accident. Any situation in which the head jolts forward and snaps back can cause damage to the tendons and ligaments in the neck, resulting in pain and stiffness. Whilst some people count whiplash as a minor injury, the fact is, it can be very painful indeed, and can result in symptoms that persist for up to two years in some cases. If you have suffered whiplash, whether in a car accident or otherwise, and the accident was not your fault, then it may be possible for you to lodge a whiplash compensation claim. In this guide, we take a look at what it is whiplash solicitors do, how they can help you, and what you can do to help yourself after an accident that has caused whiplash.
A whiplash solicitor is someone who is fully trained and experienced in pursuing personal injury claims for those persons who have suffered whiplash injuries after an accident. They will likely have dealt with many claims from both passengers and drivers who have suffered whiplash, and will have a wealth of experience to draw from in order to present the best case possible in order to secure the compensation those persons deserve.
They will be aware of the high number of whiplash claims lodged within the UK each year, and will know only too well that despite the fact that there are calls that some claims can be false, valid claims should be compensated with the maximum amount possible in order in light of their injuries and the pain and financial loss this has caused them.
Whiplash, put simply, is the rapid movement of the neck from one position to another, either front to back, or back to front, or side to side. This type of sudden movement caused straining of the neck muscles, which can cause pain in the neck, shoulders, arms and head. It tends to present at neck pain and stiffness, but some sufferers have experienced muscle spasms, dizziness, pins and needles in the arm and hand, or memory loss.
Usually, treatment involves over the counter painkillers, and physiotherapy in some cases, and whilst in a lot of cases, recovery is complete and happens relatively quickly, sometimes symptoms can persist for some time. If symptoms carry on past 6 months after an accident, then it is usually classed as being chronic whiplash. In these cases, physiotherapy is often one of the courses of action taken, as well as prescription painkillers.
However severe your whiplash injury, doctors usually decide against the previously used neck braces, instead preferring that you keep your neck as mobile as possible.
Initially, your No Win No Fee whiplash solicitor will have to go through the facts of the case, which may involve reading through medical evidence and reports of the events surrounding your accident. If your whiplash solicitor feels you have a valid claim for compensation for your whiplash injuries, and can establish that you are not at fault for the accident, then they should be able to file a compensation claim on behalf for your injuries, the suffering and pain they have called you, costs you have incurred directly because of your injuries, as well as any earnings that have been lost.
Each and every claim is different. After all, it is extremely rare for two accidents to be identical, and what applies in one case may not apply in another. However, in general terms, after you have signed a no win no fee agreement, a whiplash solicitor would review the facts of the case, and often send you for a medical in order to gather medical evidence necessary to support your claim. The medical appointment usually involved noting your medical history, to see if there were any injuries that have been exacerbated by the whiplash, or whether all injuries caused were by the accident. Your medical can be arranged in a place that is local to you to avoid long journeys and inconvenience. It is important to remember that costs for travel to medical appointments necessary because of your injuries will usually be claimed for as part of your case. Once your medical is done and the solicitor has all the information they need to take your case forward, they will begin the work to put together as strong a case as possible to secure your compensation.
Many of the calls we have relating to whiplash injury claims are straight after an accident has occurred. However, some people do not make a claim straight away, preferring to wait until their recovery is complete. Whatever way you wish to go about making a claim it is important to understand that there are limits to how long after an accident you can claim. Whiplash claim time limits are 3 years from the date of the accident that caused the whiplash. However, if you are a child when the whiplash occurs, the time limits are slightly different. If an adult has not submitted a claim for you, you can submit one yourself once you become an adult, and you can do so within three years of your eighteenth birthday.
If you wish to claim on behalf of a child that has suffered whiplash in an accident, then we can help talk you through what is required for you to claim for the child. Your child, or the child you are responsible for will more than likely have to see an independent medical expert, who will need to take a look at the child’s injuries, just as they would for an adult, and write a report based on those injuries, detailing the prognosis for recovery and the extent of the injuries that the child has suffered. This will be in addition to any medical treatment the child has already sought. We would always advise you to seek medical attention for a child immediately after an accident where the head and neck have been subjected to rapid movement, as children’s whiplash symptoms do not always present the same as adults, and as children’s necks are generally weaker than an adults, swift medical attention is important to avoid some problems long term.
When it comes to submitting a claim, either for an adult or a child, it is usually advisable to submit a claim as soon as you feel ready to do so, as this will make gathering together of evidence, as well as remembering the events that have occurred, much easier. However, if you call us, we will talk you through all options, and will not push you to take action if you are not ready to do so.
It seems strange, after all, when many of us think of whiplash solicitors, we think of large bills, but it is possible to get free advice from a whiplash injury solicitor when you call our claims service. All of the advice given comes with no-obligation to use the advice, or to use our claims service either. Some of the common questions that whiplash accident solicitors can answer are:
- What are whiplash solicitors’ fees?
- What evidence will I need of my injuries?
- The other driver was uninsured – can I still claim?
- What about the long-term effects of whiplash – will I be covered?
- I have suffered whiplash while driving for work – can I make a claim?
Whilst we have answered many questions in this guide, we understand that you may require more personal advice, which is why our whiplash claims helpline can ensure you find the answers to the specific questions you want to ask. Simply call our team and we will be sure to deal with your query as quickly and as completely as we can.
What are the benefits from using a specialist whiplash solicitor compared to a non-specialist solicitor?
It is vital that you understand that all valid whiplash claims are important and should be compensated if someone else is found to be liable for them. However, there are a lot of claims made every year in the UK, and to some extent, some cases of whiplash are seen to be false. It will be the duty of a specialist whiplash solicitor to take the facts of your genuine claim and present them in such a way that those persons in charge of awarding compensation can see that your claim is valid and that you deserve the compensation you are claiming.
Whilst there are many good personal injury solicitors, not all of them are whiplash personal injury solicitors, which means they may not be quite as experienced and knowledgeable about what makes for a solid case. In addition, specialist whiplash lawyers will have more cases to draw on for precedent that has been set or new rules or guidelines that have been put in place or updated, whereas a personal injury solicitor who is not aware of these could potentially miss something important, which could result in an unsuccessful claim,
Whilst whiplash can occur in many different ways, the most common types of claims that whiplash accident solicitors regularly work on are those involving car accidents. In some cases, we help drivers that have been injured in head on collisions causing whiplash, whilst in others we begin claims on behalf of drivers injured as the result of merging accidents, which are quite common on British roads. Even minor bumps can cause whiplash, and there are claims for whiplash injuries that have occurred in car parks and on residential roads as well as main roads. In addition, where an animal has hit a car, there are instances where drivers will be able to make whiplash compensation claims, especially if the animal should not have been on the road and someone was negligent in letting the animal out.
Driving a company vehicle does not exclude you from making a whiplash claim, nor does being hit by a commercial vehicle. It is very important to take details at the scene of the other vehicle, as well as witness details in order to support your claim in all cases, but if a commercial vehicle is in involved, it is often a good idea to take down company contact details from the business that owns the vehicle, as this may help in some cases. In cases where a foreign trailer is involved, it is often advisable that the plate number on the back as well as the front of the vehicle are noted, as it is possible for them to read differently.
One of the most common questions we are asked is whether you can make a claim for whiplash injuries if the driver has fled the scene or if the driver that hit you was uninsured. In cases where the driver cannot be found, it may be possible for you to make a claim for compensation against the Motor Insurance Bureau. This company was set up by motor insurers in order to compensate victims in motor vehicle accidents, as part of an agreement with the UK government. In fact, it is required by law that every underwriter of compulsory insurance for motor vehicles is a member of the MIB, contributing to the funding of the company, They compensate both victims of accidents caused by uninsured drivers as well as those who have ‘hit and run’ and cannot be traced. As part of their Green Card System, they will also ensure that UK drivers hit by foreign drivers or their vehicles are also compensated, should it be found that they have a valid claim.
If you are not sure whether you have a claim for whiplash, then we can help. Simply call our friendly, professional advisors who will take some details and offer advice on whether you have a valid claim, or if it warrants further investigation. If we do not feel you have a solid claim, we will tell you honestly. After all, we have nothing to gain from wasting your time with a claim that will not be successful.
The difference between paying a solicitor an hourly sum, and working on a no win no fee claim is vast. Often, paying solicitors for whiplash claims by the hour means they will give you a bill regardless of the result of your case. It is bad enough that you have been injured and suffered whiplash, perhaps requiring you to be off work and losing money as a result. But, then to receive a bill with no compensation to cover it would be devastating. The No Win No Fee service we offer means that there will be no upfront payment required to begin a claim with us.
We will take the time to talk you through the No Win No Fee Policy agreement, ensuring that you are aware that if your claim is not successful for some reason, then there will be no monies due from you. Legal fees are only settled when your claim is successful, and a No Win No Fee whiplash injury lawyer will make sure to try for the maximum compensation possible in order to ensure you are satisfied with your payout.
To find out more about No Win No Fee agreements, or to talk to us more about your claim, why not call us. All telephone advice is free and you are under no-obligation to use our claims service once you have received the advice.
Whether you are suffering with the effects of whiplash right now, or have suffered whiplash in the last 3 years as the result of an accident that was not your fault, we will treat your claim as carefully and professionally as if the accident happened yesterday. We will be happy to take the time to talk to you about how the claims process works, as well as answering any questions you might have about medical evidence. After all, it is your claim, and we know you want to be well-informed about what is going to happen. We will always treat anything you tell us in the strictest of confidence, and we will always treat you with respect. This is why many of our previous clients rate us as the best whiplash claim company around.
We also have the privilege of being able to call upon some of the finest legal minds in the country. You will be matched with a whiplash solicitor who is dedicated to working hard to provide the result you deserve – a compensation award for your whiplash injuries.
If you are wondering how to claim for whiplash after a car accident, or want to be matched with the best whiplash claim solicitors available, all you need to do is call us. Our claims service, which can be reached by calling 0800 073 8804 is staffed by experienced professionals, who will be ready, willing and able to answer any query you might have, or to begin a claim.
Whether you have been injured as a passenger or a driver in a road traffic accident, or suffered whiplash as a result of a different type of accident that was not your fault, we are here to help – whether to offer free, no-obligation advice, or to start the fight for your compensation.
This is the government’s response to a consultation on soft tissue injuries including whiplash and the claims that can follow them. It details the measures to be put in place to disincentivise fraudulent and exaggerated claims.
The NHS’s hub provides a wealth of information for those that have suffered whiplash, including how it is diagnosed and how it is treated.
Our guide to whiplash claims takes you through the claims process, advising on what to do should you have suffered whiplash, and how you can make a compensation claim.
Our guide to car accident claims covers the more common injuries that have occurred as a result of a car accident, along with a table detailing the typical compensation brackets for common injuries.