Hudgell Solicitors™ | Road Traffic Accidents | Whiplash Compensation Claims

Whiplash Compensation Claims

Whiplash is a common result of a road traffic accident (RTA), usually occurring when the vehicle you are travelling in is hit by another from behind, also known as a rear-end collision. Whiplash is suffered when a person’s body is thrown forward but the head lags, causing hyperextension of the neck.

Should you or a loved one experience whiplash through no fault of your own, we can provide the right legal advice you need and help you get the compensation you deserve.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

Whilst not always an immediate injury, the clinical symptoms may not develop until 6-12 hours after an incident, or even a few days later.

Symptoms can resolve very quickly or can last for upwards of six months. This is known as chronic whiplash or late whiplash syndrome. Neck pain usually develops shortly after the accident but can worsen later on.
Common symptoms include:

  • neck pain
  • lower back pain
  • muscle tightness and spasms
  • reduced range of movement and neck tenderness

Other consequences can also develop, including:

  • jaw pain
  • dizziness, blurred vision or vertigo
  • leg or arm weakness or numbness
  • insomnia or anxiety (particularly in relation to getting back into a vehicle)
  • depression

What is the treatment for whiplash injuries?

In many cases, whiplash will eventually get better on its own or after some basic treatment, but if you are suffering from any symptoms, you should arrange to see a GP as soon as possible to determine the extent of your injuries. They will then prescribe appropriate medication and treatment to speed-up your recovery.

Physiotherapy may be recommended, and is most effective when started soon after the injury has occurred, highlighting the need to see your GP as soon as possible. If you are unable to work due to your symptoms, our insurance policy can cover the cost of a physiotherapist, helping you and your family cope with any financial worries.

How to make a whiplash claim

If you or a member of your family have been involved in an accident, we are on hand to talk you through the claim process and your options. First and foremost, we recommend you carry out the following steps:

  • obtain the registration of the vehicle(s) involved
  • find out the name, address and contact details of the driver and their insurance
  • ask for statements from any eye witnesses
  • take photographs of the accident damage, and the location

You should also call the emergency services if needed, or seek medical attention as soon as possible after leaving the scene to confirm you have been injured and receive the appropriate medical care. You should then contact your own insurance company to alert them of the incident.

Once these steps have been carried out, our dedicated road traffic accident team are just a phone call away.

Simply call us on
01482 778 463 for free advice

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We are here to help you

We understand the difficulties often faced by people suffering from whiplash injuries, both at work and at home. That’s why we’ll do everything in our power to get you and your loved ones the maximum compensation.

We will take the time to fully understand the circumstances of your claim, the extent of the injuries suffered and their impact on your life. From this, we’ll be able to create a Personal Support Package that’s tailored to you.

You can be assured we’ll act in your best interests at all times, ensuring you are medically assessed by an independent GP, and given access to relevant treatment to ensure you have the best chance of overcoming your injuries as quickly as possible, so you can carry on with your life.

If you’d like to know more, take the next step, or just talk to somebody about your experience and what your options might be, please get in touch.

Simply call us on
01482 778 463 for free advice

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No win no fee

  • personal insurance cover so there’s no financial risk to you in pursuing a claim
  • whatever the outcome of your case, you won’t have to pay a penny (provided that you fully assist us with your claim) other than an agreed percentage of your damages