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Whiplash injury

Whiplash is a type of injury which is often a consequence of a road traffic accident. It affects the neck and back and tends to last from a few weeks to a couple of years. In a collision on the road, whiplash is almost unavoidable, but treating it can be complicated and expensive. What should you do?

Symptoms of whiplash can take several hours to emerge, so you're unlikely to know immediately after a road traffic accident whether or not you have it. A lot of whiplash claims are made mainly because it’s such a common problem after a car crash.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury which primarily affects the neck area. It is caused by the head suddenly moving forwards, backwards or sideways, often as a reaction to a collision on the road. It can also affect the spine, arms and head. Common symptoms are:

  • Neck pain
  • Stiffness and pain around the neck/spine
  • Headaches
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tenderness around the neck, shoulders and top of the spine
  • Difficulty with swallowing
  • Dizziness

Whiplash can last a few weeks or, in more severe cases, it can go on for longer.

Who can I claim against?

If whiplash happens after a road traffic accident which wasn’t caused by you, the driver responsible can be claimed against if they have insurance. If the driver is uninsured, you will need to go through the Motor Insurance Bureau to apply for compensation from them. In other instances where whiplash happens following an accident, such as a sports injury, the person who caused it should be claimed against.  More about claiming for road traffic accidents.

How much can I claim?

The longer your whiplash symptoms last, the more you’ll be able to claim. For a minor whiplash injury, where recovery is expected in a matter of weeks, you could get up to £3,810.

How long do I have to make a claim?

You have up to three years to make a whiplash compensation claim, starting from the incident where you first became injured. It is generally advised that you claim as soon as you can to allow more time for your claim to be processed.

I’ve been a victim of whiplash. What should I do?

Once you have received treatment, it’s worth starting a compensation claim to help cover the costs. You can request a callback at the top of this screen, or complete our online claim form. Once that’s been done, one of our solicitors will call back at a time to suit you, to discuss your claim options in greater detail. 

Road traffic accident case study

£5,000 awarded

Mr and Mrs Felkin each received £2,500 when someone drove into the back of their stationary vehicle, leaving them both with severe neck and back pain. Mr Felkin says ‘First4Lawyers were professional, friendly, and caring. They dealt with our claim in an understanding manner, and I felt they took their time to listen to my case and seemed to genuinely care about the injuries we had suffered.’

Mr and Mrs Felkin each received £2,500 when someone drove into the back of their stationary vehicle, leaving them both with severe neck and back pain.

Road traffic accident case study

£2,600 awarded

Mr Bell was injured when a car went into the side of his vehicle. He was awarded £2,600

Mr Bell says ‘First4Lawyers explained my options clearly to me, and they were friendly and helpful. I felt that they were excellent and I would definitely tell friends and family to give you a call if they needed to.’

Road traffic accident case study

£3,000 awarded

Mr Clarke was injured when a delivery van hit him as he cycled to work. He received £3,000.

Mr Clarke says “I found First4Lawyers friendly and helpful, and I was so pleased with the solicitor First4Lawyers passed me on to. They were very good and dealt with everything, keeping me informed throughout the process.”

Road traffic accident case study

£1,450 awarded

Philip was a passenger when the vehicle he was in hit the car in front, leaving him with whiplash. He received £1,450.

Philip says: “I was really impressed with First4Lawyers. Their solicitors helped me get physio for my injuries, and they kept me informed throughout.”

Road traffic accident case study

£3,000 awarded

Herman was crossing a one way street when a car came down the wrong way and knocked him over. He was left with injuries to his knee which are still not resolved, and for which he still needs surgery.

Herman says: "I felt that my claim experience with First4Lawyers went very well. I was pleased with the outcome and it didn’t take long for my claim to finalise. I found them friendly and helpful, and I will definitely be recommending First4Lawyers to friends and family."

How to guides

Learn more about this area of law and what you need to know:

How to make an accident or injury claim from start to finish

It may seem a daunting process when you are thinking about making a claim for an accident or injury that wasn’t your fault.

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