Can you get compensation for whiplash?


We have already discussed the issues that surround being the victim of a cycling accident, including the physical, emotional, and financial toll such incidents can have on their victims, and those close to them. Following on from this topic, it only seems fitting to dedicate some time to discussing whiplash, which is the most commonly claimed injury from any road accident in the UK, making up 80% of cited claims for damages.

In this article, we'll look to explain why you need to be aware of the common causes and risks associated with this injury, as well as make you aware of how Ronald Fletcher & Co. may be able to aid you in claiming some much-needed compensation for any suffering you might incur.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a common term used to describe most soft tissue damage to the neck muscles, specifically relating to the spraining of this tissue. The reason it is most notably associated with road accidents is that this particular damage occurs with sudden, and violent, head movement that results in trauma to the neck. As you can probably imagine, or perhaps have already experienced firsthand, this is hard to avoid in most road accidents. Even when your seat belt is buckled, it’s hard to stop your head from aggressively jolting back and forth when you get struck by another vehicle.

How it happens, and how it hurts

While not the exclusive cause, car accidents are probably the most common reason for whiplash, due to the inherently violent and sudden nature of any car accident. The varying symptoms of whiplash, like limited neck movement, neck pain, muscle spasms, and extended pain to the shoulders and arms, to name a few, can have a prolonged impact on a victim's quality of life while they recover. These physical problems could lead to preventing suffers from returning to work, or simply not allowing them their normal freedom of movement to carry out everyday tasks.

The cost to you

The varying severity that whiplash can have on individuals makes it difficult to realistically, or accurately, quantify the exact personal and financial strain such an injury could have on you, or even those close to you that offer their support. As previously mentioned, the most likely issue with any whiplash injury will be its potential to prevent you from returning to work, and that combined with any additional costs for medical treatment not necessarily covered by the NHS, will naturally lead to emotional stress on top of the aforementioned physical strain.

We can help

Fortunately, Ronald Fletcher & Co is ideally skilled to help you. Our dedicated team can aid you in making a claim for compensation caused by whiplash-related trauma. More specifically, if you've suffered whiplash in a car accident, we have a dedicated department that can help you get started right away. Of course, we are not just limited to aiding only car-related whiplash; you can call us on 0207 624 0041 for a free consultation, and book an appointment so that we can look into your claim in more detail.