What should you do if you think you have whiplash?
If you think you have whiplash, the NHS advises to take painkillers to help with the pain and to continue doing everyday activities to help speed up recovery. However, if the pain is severe (even with pain killers), you have tingling or pins and needles or you have problems in sitting upright, you are advised to contact 111 or request a GP appointment.
Upon visiting a GP, they will be able to discuss the severity of the whiplash and advise the best course of treatment. They will also document your medical consultation, which can later be used to assist any claim.
How is compensation for whiplash calculated?
Compensation is calculated by understanding general damages and special damages that occurred.
General damages refer to the severity of your injuries and the care you may require throughout the recovery period.
Special damages refer to any compensation for any out-of-pocket expenses you may have incurred or will incur in the future. This could include, but is not limited to:
- Vehicle damage
- Insurance excess
- Damage to possessions
- Medical care
- Travel expenses
- Loss of employment or employment opportunities
- Prescription costs
- Loss of earnings
How can we help with your whiplash claim?
At MJW Law we are specialists in personal injury claims, of which a high percentage are road accidents; many of our clients approach us with whiplash as one of the specific injuries obtained. We will assess your case, collate evidence, and provide legal advice on how you should proceed with your case.