If you have sustained whiplash as a result of a road traffic accident, which was not your fault, then you could be entitled to make a whiplash injury claim.
Whether you were injured as the passenger or the driver of the vehicle involved in the collision, Thompsons Solicitors could help you make a claim for whiplash compensation.
To find out if you can make a whiplash claim, contact Thompsons Solicitors today on 0800 0 224 224 to speak to our road traffic accident lawyers.
WHY TRUST THOMPSONS SOLICITORS WITH YOUR WHIPLASH CLAIM?
Thompsons Solicitors always stands up for the injured. We only support and represent people who have been injured or mistreated, and won’t act for insurance companies.
Our experienced lawyers have supported many passengers, drivers, pedestrians and motorists with their claims and have secured a significant amount of whiplash compensation on their behalf.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT WHIPLASH CLAIMS
1. What is whiplash?
Whiplash is caused when a person suffers from a sudden jolt to their head or body, which damages muscles, ligaments, tendons or other soft tissues in the neck.
Whiplash is probably the most common type of injury sustained following a road traffic accident, however, it can be caused by many different situations including slips, trips and falls, sports injuries and even assaults and attacks.
A whiplash injury can cause pain, stiffness and restriction of movement in the neck area, and can also cause headaches, muscle spasms and pain in the shoulders or arms. In more serious cases of whiplash, there can be swelling, back pain, pins and needles in the arms, hands or fingers, dizziness, lethargy and nausea.
In most cases, the injured person will not develop symptoms of whiplash immediately after their accident. The symptoms of whiplash will develop a day or two afterwards and may get worse over a period of time before starting to get better. While some people make a recovery within a few days or weeks, others are left with symptoms and pain from their whiplash injury for months or even years.
2. Aren’t whiplash claims “dodgy”?
The insurance industry and the government say that there is an “epidemic” of whiplash claims and that many of the claims being made are fraudulent. The government is trying to introduce new laws that will restrict the amount of compensation that a whiplash claimant can get. As a firm, Thompsons Solicitors will obviously never act for someone who is falsely claiming that they have whiplash; however, we don’t agree with the government or insurers that there is an “epidemic” of false whiplash claims. That is not our experience.
We believe that the insurance industry and government are using whiplash claims as an excuse to limit people’s access to lawyers and compensation generally.
3. How can I make a whiplash injury claim?
If you have sustained whiplash from a road traffic accident, then get in touch with Thompsons Solicitors to begin your whiplash claim.
To help your case, you should take names, addresses and telephone numbers of any witnesses to the accident and take photographs of the accident scene if possible.
Whether you have this information or not, our road traffic accident lawyers will help to make a claim as straight-forward as possible, and help you secure whiplash compensation.
4. The responsible driver drove off and I’m not sure they’re insured - can I still make a whiplash claim?
Yes. If the driver drove off or is uninsured, our team of road traffic accident lawyers can still help you by putting in an application to the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB).
5. How long have I got to make a whiplash claim?
Like all claims for road traffic accidents, you have three years from the date of the accident in the UK to make a whiplash claim.
There are a few exceptions to the three-year limit, however, the sooner you seek legal advice, the quicker we can prepare your claim and apply for any interim payments you may be entitled to.
Contact Thompsons Solicitors as soon as possible to begin your whiplash injury claim.
6. How long will it take to get compensation from my whiplash claim
Every road accident is different, which means the time it takes to settle your claim and get your whiplash compensation differs. Thompsons Solicitors’ priority is to quickly gather the facts of your accident and the medical evidence to support your whiplash injury claim and secure compensation as quickly as possible.
7. How much whiplash compensation will I get?
Compensation for whiplash can vary, as it will depend on the extent of the injury and the impact it has had on your daily life. We can help you claim for all losses and expenses incurred and give you an indication of the amount you could receive.
8. Will I have to pay to make a whiplash claim?
If you or a member of your family is a trade union member, then you can receive free legal advice and representation in whiplash claims. Unlike other law firms, we give you 100% of the compensation we secure on your behalf.
If you are not a trade union member, there are a number of funding options available, such as our ‘no win, no fee’ agreement. Find out more about our finance options on our fees and payment page.