Car accidents occur daily on Britain’s roads and one of the most commonly resulting injuries is whiplash. Whiplash injuries occur following both serious road traffic accidents and minor collisions. Many whiplash claims are made per year, some genuine and some not so genuine. Do not let this put you off as if you have a genuine case you should seek the compensation you deserve. The legal system seeks to weed out insurance cheats not short change people who have suffered an injury at the hands of a third party.
Making A Claim
Before claiming for any injury ensure you have received medical attention to deal with your injury. Your health is of paramount importance. To make a whiplash claim you must begin the claiming process within 3 years of the accident date. Claims made outside this timescale will not be viable unless you fulfil one of the following criteria:
1. Were under 18 years old at the time of the crash.
2. Do not have the mental capacity to claim alone.
Ideally you should make a claim as soon as possible following the incident. This will mean your injuries will be at their most prominent and you will be able to give the most accurate account of your memory of the incident. Once you feel able enough to do so, instruct a specialist whiplash solicitor to help you with your claim. A solicitor who specialises in whiplash will be able to let you know if you grounds for a successful claim in no time at all and then will be able to give you the best legal advice available, making the claim as stress free as possible.
Finally, keep records. From the accident date until the end of the claiming process, make sure you keep everything from receipts to letters. If you feel like it, you may even wish to keep a diary of your injuries and how they progress. With all of this information under your belt you will be able to make the claim as easy as possible.
Receipts will provide the information needed for assessing your financial losses, such as travel costs to and from appointments, cost of treatments such as physiotherapy and prescription drugs, and any adaptations needed to your home. If you are in need of long term care or cannot return to your previous employment, these factors will be taken into account when assessing financial reimbursement.
Keeping a diary of your injuries will ensure you are able to give a full account of how they have affected you. The worse your injuries, the more you should receive in compensation. However, if your injuries are assessed a long time after the incident it may be hard to explain how serious they once were if you do not have detailed records, be these medical or personal.
Contact Roskell Davies today if you need to make a whiplash claim. Call 0800 142 2901 or fill in an online enquiry for a completely free initial consultation.