Whiplash Accident Claims
What Is A Whiplash Accident Claim?
Whiplash is most common as a result of car accidents, but any accident in which your body and your head are moving at different speeds can lead to whiplash. Although some whiplash is mild and clears up relatively quickly, you may also have more lasting damage or the pain and headaches can take a long time to subside. If you have suffered whiplash as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, you are entitled to claim compensation for your injuries.
Common Whiplash Accidents
We understand that your whiplash accident is likely to have been extremely stressful, in addition to the physical pain you may still be in. If you need to take time off work to allow you to heal, you may even be in financial hardship as well as the physical difficulties you are experiencing. At Free Legal Justice, our dedicated team of personal injury claims solicitors want to help.
You might wonder whether it is worth making a whiplash accident compensation claim, worrying that it might just be adding another source of stress while you are still struggling to deal with the consequences of your whiplash accident. Our personal injury claims solicitors are highly experienced in helping people just like you to get the justice you deserve. We aim to take all of the worry out of your whiplash accident claim.
If you have suffered a whiplash accident and would like more information about whether you are able to make a compensation claim, or if you are ready to begin the process of making your claim, call us or claim online today. We’re open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and our dedicated team are here to help.
Making A Claim For Your Whiplash Accident
Our personal injury specialists work tirelessly to take almost all of the stress out of your whiplash accident compensation claim. The process of making your claim starts with a single call. Our team of expert solicitors are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Whether you prefer to call us or to apply online and have us call you back for free at a time of your choosing, we are here to help. If you prefer a face to face conversation, we also offer a free home visit to discuss your whiplash accident compensation claim.
During this short conversation, our dedicated team of personal injury solicitors will make sure that we understand the full details of your accident or injury. This allows us to provide you with the best possible advice. We will need to understand the circumstances surrounding your whiplash accident, the full extent of your injuries and the ways in which it has impacted your life. This will allow us to give you personalised guidance as to the likelihood of your personal injury claim being successful and also how much compensation you can expect.
Our experienced team of personal injury specialists are also able to complete almost all of the paperwork, admin and forms that are required for your whiplash accident compensation claim. We will write to the person responsible for your accident making the case for them to accept liability and settle out of court. We will also carry out the negotiations on your behalf. For the few documents that you will need to complete yourself, we are happy to arrange a home visit to help you in the comfort of your own home.
If you are considering making a personal injury compensation claim, you don’t have to do it alone. Call now or claim online to see how easy it can be.
How Much Compensation Am I Likely To Receive For My Whiplash Accident?
Everyone who is considering making a whiplash accident compensation claim wants to know how much compensation they can expect to receive as a result of what has happened to them. Our dedicated team of experienced personal injury claims solicitors will give you the best possible estimates as to how much you can expect to receive, based on the information you give us.
Compensation claims can be thought of in two parts. The first part is to compensate you (as far as this is possible) for the pain and suffering that you have endured. This is done via guidelines produced by the Judicial College (a governing body) which set ranges of payments that should be expected for each specific injury. These ranges can be very broad, making it hard to know where in this range your personal experience is likely to fall. Our years of experience allow us to give you a more accurate estimation, based on the precise nature of your injuries.
The second aspect to your whiplash accident compensation claim is there to make sure that you are not left financially worse off as a result of your whiplash accident. This includes compensating you for any money you may have had to pay out to aid your recovery, such as rehabilitation and physiotherapy, to adapt to the injuries you have, including home modifications or the purchase of prosthetics in very serious whiplash accidents, and also to make sure that you do not lose out through lack of work if you have to take some time off to heal. If you are unable to return to your previous line of work as a result of your injuries, you may even be able to claim for the loss of the potential earnings you could have expected. As may be clear, this can often be the far larger portion of your compensation payment.
It can be difficult to be sure that you are claiming everything that you are entitled to. Our expert whiplash accident claims solicitors have years of experience making sure that you are claiming for everything you deserve, giving you the best possible compensation claim to help you get your life back on track following your whiplash accident.
How Long Does It Take To Make A Whiplash Accident Claim?
Whiplash accident compensation claims can differ dramatically in terms of how long they take to resolve. Despite this, we understand that you need your case resolved as quickly as possible. Resolving your case allows you to move on from your whiplash accident, with the financial support you need behind you.
Cases that are resolved quickly tend to take only a few weeks or months. Cases that are resolved quickly are usually very straightforward, where the other person accepts liability and where they are also keen to resolve the matter as quickly as possible. Claims for less serious injuries also tend to be resolved more quickly, as the payments are smaller and it is less worth the effort of insurance companies fighting over every penny.
If your case is more complicated, for example if there is more than one person or organisation responsible for your injury or if the other side refuses to accept that they were liable for what happened, your case may take much longer to be resolved. The cases that take longest to complete are those which cannot be settled out of court and which require a judge to make the final decision.
Can I Get No Win No Fee Help With My Whiplash Accident Claim?
We believe that everyone is entitled to seek compensation following a whiplash accident, and we don’t believe that a lack of funds should prevent you from getting the legal advice that you need. This is why we offer our services on a no win no fee basis to almost all of our clients.
Working on a no win no fee basis means that we are able to act on your behalf, without you having to pay anything up front. We are only paid once you have received the compensation you deserve for your whiplash accident. Our fees are set as a percentage of your compensation payment, meaning that you will never be left with legal fees that cost more than you receive. You will always be left better off as a result of successful claim.
In a very few situations, we are unable to offer our services on a no win no fee basis. Although this is rare, we will make sure that we tell you immediately if you fall into this category. If you are unlucky enough to have your whiplash accident claim be ineligible for no win no fee agreements, we will discuss a variety of alternative funding options with you to help ensure that you get the legal help you need at a price you can afford.
If you are thinking about making a whiplash accident compensation claim, there’s not need to hesitate. Call us now or claim online to begin the process of getting you the compensation you need to help get your life back on track.
Will I Have To Pay For My Whiplash Accident If I Lose?
No. You can rest assured that you will never be asked to make any payments for our services if we are unable to win you the compensation you deserve following your accident or injury. This is the most important thing about a no win no fee whiplash accident compensation claim. You will never be left worse off as a result of making this claim and seeking justice
How Long Do I Have To Make A Whiplash Accident Claim?
Making a whiplash accident compensation claim is something that the courts expect you to do promptly. In most cases, this should be within two years of the date at which you were injured, although this can very occasionally be extended if you were not able to realise that you had been injured at the time at which it happened. We recommend that you do not wait long before beginning your compensation claim, as this does reduce the time available for negotiations. If you are in any doubt at all, contact our personal injury solicitors today to discuss your case.
Sometimes it is worth delaying starting your compensation claim a little while. This is to allow the full extent of your injuries to become clear, as some injuries are not immediately apparent or they may take longer to heal than expected. You should still get expert legal advice from our personal injury specialists as soon as possible, however, as this gives us the maximum time to put together the best possible case for you.
How A Whiplash Accident Compensation Claim Works
Making a whiplash accident personal injury compensation claim follows a simple procedure.
Getting legal advice before starting your whiplash accident compensation claim can dramatically increase the likelihood of you receiving the compensation you deserve, and can also help you to make a claim for the full amount that you are entitled to. Our personal injury claims specialists are available 24 hours a day or you can claim online and we will call you back at a time to suit you.
Once you have asked us to act on your behalf, we will write to the person responsible for your whiplash accident. We will inform them that you are making a personal injury compensation claim, and that you believe that they were at fault. We will ask them to accept that they were to blame (this is called accepting liability).
If the other party refuses to accept liability, we will attempt to prove that you are correct. We will seek out evidence and supporting testimony and we will make the strongest case we can. For accidents at work, it is usually very easy to demonstrate that your employer did not take sufficient steps to protect you.
As soon as the other party has agreed liability, we can begin negotiations to decide how much compensation is fair. This will always be completely your decision, but we will offer you advice and support to ensure that you can be confident in your decisions. The other party will often offer a very low initial amount, known as a lowball offer, to see whether you will accept less than you are entitled to. With our experience, we are able to give you the information you need to identify these kinds of tactics and get the full amount of compensation you deserve for your accident.
It is very rare for it to be impossible to reach agreement on the settlement amount for a personal injury compensation claim. In cases where the other person refuses to accept liability, or if we are not able to reach agreement as to a fair amount of compensation, we may need to go to court to get you the compensation you deserve.
How Do I Start Making A Whiplash Accident Compensation Claim?
Our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors have years of experience helping people who have been through a whiplash accident, just like you. Although the idea of making a whiplash accident compensation claim might seem daunting, our whiplash accident specialists are here to help.
When you are ready to begin making your whiplash accident compensation claim, or if you would like to discuss it further before making the first step, you can call us or claim online and take advantage of our free call back service at a time that is convenient for you. Our dedicated team of experienced personal injury claims solicitors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to make sure that you have access to the help you need.
We want to make sure that we fully understand your whiplash accident compensation claim. During our conversation, we will listen to the details of what has happened to you, including the full extent of your injuries, the ways in which these injuries have impacted your life and all of the circumstances surrounding the event itself, especially anything that demonstrates who was to blame. This allows us to give you an accurate estimate as to how much compensation you can expect, as well as how likely it is that we can win your case.
Can I Make A Whiplash Accident Claim?
Following a whiplash accident, many people are left unsure as to whether they are entitled to make a compensation claim. There are a few simple requirements for making a whiplash accident compensation claim, but they are very straightforward and most people will find that they do qualify.
The first and most basic requirement for you to make a whiplash accident compensation claim is that you must have suffered a whiplash accident. You are not able to make a claim for a near miss, where you narrowly avoided a whiplash accident. You are also only able to claim if were in some way damaged or harmed as a result of what happened. If you were very lucky and avoided all injury, you are not able to make a compensation claim. Your injuries can be mental as well as physical, but you can only claim for what you actually experienced.
It is also necessary for someone else to have to been to blame for your whiplash accident, for you to be able to make a compensation claim. This person or organisation does not have to have been the immediate or direct cause of what happened, but they do need to have been in some way responsible for your welfare and making sure that you are not put at risk. For accidents or injuries that occur at work, it is very easy to fulfil this criteria, as your employer has a legal responsibility to look after your health and safety.
It is also necessary that your accident or injury is something that the other party could have reasonably predicted or anticipated, if they had given sufficient thought to health and safety concerns. This is not the same as saying that they must have known that it would happen. Merely that they could have realised that this was possible, if they had thought carefully enough.
The final thing to think about is whether the person responsible for your welfare put sufficient measures in place to protect you. Even if some steps were taken, you are still able to claim if these were not adequate for the circumstances you found yourself in.
If you have been injured as the result of a whiplash accident and there was someone else who could have helped to avoid or minimise your injuries, you are able to make a whiplash accident compensation claim. If you are in this position, call us or claim online today.
What Steps Should I Take Following My Whiplash Accident?
The most important consideration following your whiplash accident is keeping yourself safe. Make sure that you are out of any additional danger and that you have access to any first aid or medical assistance you may require. Once you have dealt with those absolute priorities, however, there are a few things you can do that might help to provide additional support for your whiplash accident compensation claims.
It is vital that you have a clear and consistent memory of what happened before, during and after your whiplash accident. This means that we need to have as many details as possible. Because you never know what the person who was responsible for your whiplash accident is likely to say in their defence, you will want to have all the details to hand, even ones that may seem irrelevant. In order to help you with this. We advise that you write down everything you can remember, as soon as possible after your whiplash accident. This should include all details that you think are relevant, especially focusing on anything that made your whiplash accident more likely.
It can also be valuable to make sure that you have the names and contact information of anyone who may have witnessed your whiplash accident. Having witnesses to back up your account of what happened is strong evidence, and the more witnesses we are able to contact, the stronger your case will be. You may wish to ask them to write down everything that they remember of the circumstances surrounding your whiplash accident, but we are happy to deal with this for you if you prefer.
If you have access to photographs or videos of the place that your whiplash accident took place, these pieces of visual evidence can also be very helpful. Please do make sure that you don’t put yourself at risk to obtain these though. Anything showing any features of the location or the situation that made your whiplash accident more likely, or which increased the severity of your whiplash accident, should be documented if you can.
Although these things can help to support your whiplash accident claim, that doesn’t mean that you have to do them in order to get the compensation you deserve for your whiplash accident. The most important step you can take in getting the best compensation claim possible is to call our whiplash accident claims specialists today. Call us or claim online today to find out how we can help.
How Can Personal Injury Solicitors Help Me?
We are here to help eliminate the stress involved in making a whiplash accident compensation claim. The most important thing is that we are available to you, 24 hours per day. This means that you can always access the legal help that you need. If you have a question about your whiplash accident compensation claim, or if you are considering starting a claim, call us or claim online and we will arrange a call back at a time that is convenient for you.
Our teams of whiplash accident claims specialists are highly-trained, and know how important it is to take the time to listen to what happened to you. We want to make sure that we fully understand the details of your case, especially the circumstances surrounding your whiplash accident, who you believe is at fault, the full extent of the injuries you have sustained and the impact this has had on your life. Once we have all of this information, we are able to give you personalised care and advice that we believe you deserve.
Our teams take over all of the time-consuming and complex admin, meaning that you don’t need to waste your time filling out forms, writing to the other party or trying to conduct the compensation negotiations. This takes all of the stress and burden off of you and allows you to concentrate on other things. For the few pieces of paperwork that do require your personal signature, we are able to arrange a home visit to help you with this, if you would prefer. This way, we ensure that your whiplash accident compensation claim places as little burden on your everyday life as possible.
Making a whiplash accident compensation claim doesn’t have to be time-consuming or stressful. Al you need to do is call us today and get the help you need to obtain the compensation you deserve.
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