Whiplash is an unpleasant neck trauma which often occurs as the result of a vehicle collision. The injury is caused by the sudden movement of the neck backwards and forwards and can vary from slight discomfort to severe pain. Indeed, the worst cases of whiplash can have a lasting impact on the victim’s life.
One of the problems with whiplash is that the symptoms do not always occur straight after the accident, they may surface several days later. Common symptoms of whiplash include the following:
- Pain in the neck or the lower back
- Blurred vision
- Limited movements
Making a Claim
If you have received severe whiplash as the result of a road accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the inconvenience caused. In order to make a successful whiplash claim, you will need to be able to prove that the injury is the result of the third-party. The sooner you set about making the claim, the stronger your case will be. To do this you will need to get a medical report from the doctor to confirm that you have whiplash and to give an indication of how of the incident severe the injury is.
It is always a good idea to get a police report too to further support your case. This is why it is always good idea to call the police straight after an accident.
While the medical report and the police report (where applicable) are two of the major documents you will need, you will also need all the relevant details of the other driver’s vehicle and it is always a good idea to put together an account of how the incident went.
Choosing a Whiplash Lawyer
While you can make a whiplash compensation claim without the aid of a lawyer, many people choose to use a lawyer to help make their case more successful. Here are some tips to help you pick the best lawyer to represent your case:
- To begin with, you should look for a lawyer that specialises in car accidents as they will have a thorough understanding of this type of claim as opposed to a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ lawyer.
- When looking for a lawyer to support your whiplash claim, it is always best to opt for one that works on a no win, no fee basis as this means you will only pay the lawyer if they win the case. This is economical and gives the lawyer greater motivation to make your case successful. In order to avoid any nasty surprises later on, be sure to inquire what the fee is should your case win.
- Always read up on the lawyer’s reviews and client testimonials. These will give you an indication of the success rate of lawyer and their quality of service.