Whiplash Claims Scotland
What Is A Whiplash Claim in Scotland?
Whiplash compensation claims in Scotland are most commonly the result of a car accident, although this is not the only source of whiplash injuries. Whiplash injuries can happen anytime you are moving at speed and suddenly stop without your head being fully supported. Whiplash injuries range in severity, from those which heal within a few days to those that last for months or even years.
Common Whiplash Claims In Scotland
We understand that your whiplash injury 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.
We know that the idea of making a whiplash injury compensation claim can seem overwhelming, but our expert team of experienced personal injury claims solicitors have been helping people just like you to get the compensation they deserve year after year, with almost no paperwork to complete by you.
If you have suffered a whiplash injury 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 Claim in Scotland
We know that making a whiplash injury compensation claim can seem stressful. Our specialist personal injury solicitors want to take the stress out of the process and make it easy for you to get the compensation you deserve. We are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to make sure that you can access legal help and support when you need it. Just call us or claim online and we will arrange a free call back at a time convenient to you. This level of support can be invaluable in helping you to feel confident about the whiplash injury claims process.
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 injury, 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 team or personal injury specialists work hard to ensure that you don’t have to deal with lots of time-consuming paperwork. When we are acting as your no win no fee claims solicitors, we are able to complete the vast majority of the paperwork ourselves on your behalf. For the few items that will require your direct signature, we can arrange home visits to help you complete the paperwork, if that would be of assistance for you.
If you are thinking of making a whiplash injury compensation claim, we don’t want you to feel alone. Call us now or claim online to get the help you deserve.
How Much Compensation Can I Receive For My Whiplash Claim in Scotland?
Although we understand the desire to know the average compensation payments for a whiplash injury, every compensation payment is different, and the ranges can be very wide indeed. This is because the compensation you receive is directly related not just to the injuries you have received but also to the impact this has had upon your life.
The first aspect of our compensation is there to recognise and acknowledge the pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of your whiplash injury. This is set nationally by the Judicial College and is governed by a set of guideline amounts that each type of injury is likely to receive in compensation. These amounts are usually ranges, and the ranges can be quite broad, to allow for the high degree of individual variation in your specific injuries. Our experienced team of whiplash injury claims specialists are able to give you a much more accurate view of how much you are likely to receive for this part of your compensation claim.
The second aspect to be considered when deciding a compensation claim is any costs or financial losses that you might have suffered as a result of your whiplash injury. The aim of financial compensation following your whiplash injury is to get you back as close as possible to where your life would have been had your whiplash injury not happened. This could involve compensating you for loss of earnings if you have to take time off work to recover from your whiplash injury, or even paying a larger sum for the loss of potential future earnings if you are unable to return to your former career as a result of your injuries. You may also need to pay for additional transportation costs, fees for additional medical treatment not easily available on the NHS or making modifications to your home in severe cases if that is needed to help you to continue to live independently.
It can be difficult to be sure that you are claiming everything that you are entitled to. Our expert whiplash injury 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 injury.
How Long Does It Take To Make A Whiplash Claim In Scotland?
How long a whiplash injury compensation claim takes to complete depends on the nature of the case itself. We understand that you want your claim resolved as quickly as possible, and we work tirelessly to get you the compensation you need to put your whiplash injury behind you.
Cases that progress quickly will tend to be resolved within just a few weeks. These are usually very straightforward claims for smaller amounts of money in which the other party is willing to accept liability. In these circumstances, there is often very little point in the other party arguing for too long over the exact amount of compensation due, as it is rarely worth their while. It is better all round for the matter to be resolved quickly and with as little difficulty as possible.
If your personal injury compensation claim is complicated, it can take far longer to be completed. Complicated cases are often those in which it is not obvious who was to blame for your accident, or where multiple different parties share the responsibility. Claims are also usually more complicated if the injuries are very serious, as there may be significant medical evidence to be read and understood before it is possible to agree on a compensation amount.
What If I Am Worried About How To Afford My Whiplash Compensation Claim In Scotland?
We believe that everyone is entitled to seek compensation following a whiplash injury, 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.
With a no win no fee agreement, we are able to work on your behalf, without you having to make any payments to begin. We will only receive our payment once you get the compensation you deserve. If we are unable to secure this for you, you won’t owe anything. Importantly, our fees are set at a percentage of your compensation payment, meaning that you can rest assured that you will always receive the vast majority of the money awarded.
In a few situations, we are unable to work on a no win no fee basis. If you are unlucky enough to fall into this rare category, we will explain this straight away, and we will discuss the range of alternative funding options open to you to make sure that you can still get the legal help you need at a price that you can afford.
There is no reason to delay making your whiplash injury compensation claim. If you have suffered a whiplash injury that wasn’t your fault, call us or claim online today.
If I Lose My Compensation Claim, Will I Have To Pay For My Whiplash Compensation Claim In Scotland?
We can guarantee that you will never be asked to make any payments for a no win no fee whiplash injury claim in which we are not able to get you the compensation you deserve. This is the great advantage of working on a no win no fee basis. We are able to help you get justice for your accident or injury without putting yourself at any financial risk. You can pursue your no win no fee compensation claim with confidence, secure in the knowledge that you will never be left worse off as a result of pursuing your claim.
Do I Have A Time Limit For Making A Whiplash Compensation Claim In Scotland?
It is important that you make your whiplash injury compensation claim as soon as you can after your accident. All claims should be made within 2 years of the incident that caused your injury, unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you are approaching this point, it is important that you talk with our personal injury solicitors today. They will be able to advise you on how best to proceed.
It can sometimes be worth waiting a little while before starting your compensation claim for your accident or injury. This is useful when the injuries you have sustained have not yet fully healed and you may be uncertain as to how bad they will get. This doesn’t mean that you should delay talking to our personal injury specialists, however. The earlier you discuss your case with us, the better we will be able to advise you and the higher the chance that we can get you the compensation you deserve.
How A Whiplash Compensation Claim In Scotland Works
Making a whiplash injury compensation claim for any accident or injury you may have sustained follows the same basic process.
Getting legal advice before starting your whiplash injury 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.
The first thing we, as your solicitors, need to do is notify the other person that you are making a whiplash injury compensation claim against them. We ask them to accept that they were at fault and we give them a deadline by which they must respond.
If the person at fault in your accident denies that they were to blame, we will collect all of the evidence we can find and present them with a strong case as to why they are liable. This can include pictures, videos and statements, as well as more technical and legal backing documents if needed. Once presented with this evidence, almost all employers will accept that they are liable.
Once the other party has accepted that they are liable and that they will need to pay compensation following your accident, we then need to begin negotiations to decide the exact amount of compensation that is fair. Although we conduct the negotiations on your behalf, you are always in control. We will inform you of every single offer that is made, even if we recommend that you reject it. We will give you our honest, unbiased advice, based on our years of experience, as to whether you should accept or reject any specific offer, but we will always support your decision. If you reject an offer, we will explain to the other side why, and the reasons that we believe you deserve a higher amount.
It is almost always possible to reach agreement for compensation, especially with accidents that took place at work. If we are unable to convince the other party to accept liability, or if it is impossible to agree on compensation, your case may have to go to court to have a judge decide how much should be paid.
How To Begin Making A Whiplash Compensation Claim In Scotland
Our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors have years of experience helping people who have been through a whiplash injury, just like you. Although the idea of making a whiplash injury compensation claim might seem daunting, our whiplash injury specialists are here to help.
The first step, if you are thinking of making a whiplash injury compensation claim, is to make sure that you have access to the help that you will need. Call us or claim online to arrange your free, no obligation consultation with our dedicated team of expert personal injury claims solicitors. Our whiplash injury specialists are available 24/7 to ensure that we can give you the support you need at a time of your choosing.
We want to make sure that we fully understand what has happened to you. This means that we will listen to all of the details of your whiplash injury, including the ways that your whiplash injury has impacted your life, the full extent of your injuries and all of the circumstances surrounding your whiplash injury, including who you believe was to blame. This information is essential if we are to give you accurate estimates of the amount of compensation that you are likely to receive, as well as the likelihood of winning your case.
How Do I Know Whether I Am Entitled To Compensation After My Whiplash Compensation Claim In Scotland?
Following a whiplash injury, 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 injury compensation claim, but they are very straightforward and most people will find that they do qualify.
The most basic requirement for making a whiplash injury compensation claim is that you must have suffered a whiplash injury and had some form of damage or loss as a result. Your injury could be either physical or mental, but you cannot make a compensation claim if you have not experienced any negative consequences from your whiplash injury. Although experiencing a near miss can be alarming, you are only able to claim for accidents that actually happened, not those which you narrowly avoided.
The next requirement for you to make a whiplash injury compensation claim is that there must have been someone else to blame for what happened to you. This person or organisation does not need to have taken specific action, or to have been present when your whiplash injury happened, but they must have had some form of responsibility for your welfare. For accidents that took place in the workplace, this can be very straightforward to establish, as your employer has a statutory duty of care.
The person responsible for your whiplash injury must also have been in a position to foresee what happened to you. This is not the same as them actually knowing that it would happen, but what happened must be something that they could have predicted, if they had thought about health and safety matters seriously enough.
The final consideration is what measures were taken to protect you. If no protective measures were put in place, your claim is highly likely to be successful. If they did take some steps to keep you safe, you may still be able to claim if these were not sufficient, given the degree of risk.
If you have suffered a whiplash injury and you would like to discuss the possibility of making a claim, call us or claim online today to arrange your free, no obligation consultation. Our dedicated team of personal injury claims solicitors are here 24 hours a day to help answer your questions and assist with your claim.
What Can You Do In The Period Immediately After Your Accident?
The most important thing following any accident or injury is to ensure that you are safe and that you have access to the first aid assistance and medical support that you need. Once you are sure that you are able, you might want to think about a few simple actions that will help with your whiplash injury compensation claim.
The first thing is to make sure that you have a clear understanding of what happened and why. In order to make sure that you remember everything in detail, it can be extremely helpful for you to write down everything you can recall about the circumstances surrounding your whiplash injury. If possible, write down every detail, including the names of everyone who saw what happened. It is hard to create a comprehensive list of which details might be relevant for your whiplash injury, but each accident and injury is unique. Anything you can think of is worth noting down.
It can also be valuable to make sure that you have the names and contact information of anyone who may have witnessed your whiplash injury. 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 injury, 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 injury 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 injury more likely, or which increased the severity of your whiplash injury, should be documented if you can.
Although taking these steps can help to provide additional evidence to strengthen your whiplash injury compensation claim, it is not necessary for you to have done any of them. The period immediately after your whiplash injury is already stressful enough, so please do not feel under any pressure to arrange for these tasks to be carried out. The most important thing that you can do to help you get the compensation you deserve is to call us or claim online to arrange a free call back at a time that is convenient to you. This will ensure that you get the best possible legal advice and assistance on a no win no fee basis.
How Can Personal Injury Solicitors Help Me?
We want to make your whiplash injury compensation claim as stress free as possible. We offer a 24/7 service to make sure that you are able to access the help you need when you need it. You can start your whiplash injury compensation claim with a single phone call. Call or apply online and have us call you back for free at a time of your choosing.
During the short conversation that begins your whiplash injury compensation claim, our team of claims specialists will listen carefully to what has happened to you, making sure that we fully understand the details of your case. This includes what led to your whiplash injury, the full details of your injuries and the way in which these have impacted your life. We can then give you the kind of personalised advice and service that you deserve.
Our team are also here to complete almost all of the paperwork and forms associated with your whiplash injury claim. Acting as your solicitors, we are able to fill out and submit almost everything without you having to worry about time-consuming admin. For those tasks that we do need your signature, we are even able to arrange a home visit, if you feel that this would make things easier.
Our team are here 24 hours per day to help with your whiplash injury compensation claim.
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