Can You Get Whiplash in a Low-Speed Collision?
We get questions about low-speed side-impact whiplash injury compensation claims frequently at The Compensation Experts. Whiplash (also known as soft tissue injury) is a common injury sustained in car accidents, but also in other speed impacts situations. Our specialist law firms work with you whether there is significant or no damage to either vehicle on these (and other) personal injury claims.
In short, it’s possible to suffer whiplash during a low-speed collision. Essentially, both head and neck are thrown quickly out of alignment, stretching beyond a normal range of movement. In essence, it’s not the speed that causes the injury, but the way in which you suddenly stop.
Experts describe whiplash as if your body stays still, but your neck and head keep moving.
Low-speed collisions or low-velocity impacts (LVI), in actuality, present even more danger to a victim than high-speed accidents. That is to say, the injuries are not always immediately apparent. Fractures, dislocations, and bruises may exist, but other whiplash effects may not take hold for 24-48 hours after an accident.
To clarify, whiplash symptoms that are slow to develop include the following.
- Soreness and tenderness of neck and shoulders.
- Reduction of movement in the head and the neck.
- Coordination issues, such as dizziness, coupled with a sense of imbalance.
- A headache with the centre of the pain focused on the base of the skull.
Whiplash also causes fatigue, depression, mood swings, and concentration or memory difficulties.
The first thing to remember is when you suffer these symptoms after your low-speed collision, seek medical advice. Accordingly, doctors can diagnose and treat whiplash, or even rule it out as a cause. Because in order for a claim to go forth, we’ll need assurance.
Low-Speed Side-Impact Whiplash Claims
Whenever you suffer a high-speed collision, injuries tend to be more severe. However, whiplash can still happen in a low-speed accident. That’s especially true when it comes to contact when playing sports or as the result of a slip or fall.
Compensation for Low-Speed Side-Impact Whiplash Injuries
The Compensation Experts can help you claim whiplash damages, regardless of low, moderate, or high impact speed. The severity of whiplash is considered when calculating payment. Whiplash compensation can range from £750 for mild cases up to £13,500 for more extreme claims. Those claims have a variety of different possible damages, primarily revolving around neck injury and the head.
- For instance, lifelong neck and shoulder pain are common.
- They might also suffer headaches due to the accident.
- Limited movement is another type of whiplash injury.
- Career-wise, the victim may have to miss a significant amount of time at work in order to recover.
The amount of damages awarded is based on guidelines set by the Judicial Board. They make their recommendations based on similar claims and payments granted in the last year. Regardless of how the whiplash occurs (even a whiplash claim with no damage to the car).
Compensation can also take into account any loss of earnings. Additionally, it accounts for incidental expenses you incur as a result of your injury, like travel expenses or prescription costs.
What to Do if You Suffer Low-Speed Side-Impact Whiplash
First, if you think you have whiplash, seek medical advice straight away from your GP or nearest A&E department. They can then diagnose your condition and prescribe the treatment without delay.
Make a note of any medical appointments you have. Additionally, keep a record of your symptoms so your personal injury solicitor can use these when proposing a compensation amount.
No Win, No Fee Claims Process
Call The Compensation Experts today. Speak with an advisor who will give you free, no-obligation advice about claiming No Win, No Fee compensation for your whiplash injury.
Be sure to check your personal insurance claim policies, like car insurance, to see if you have After The Event cover.
Other Vehicle Accident Claims
There are several other Vehicle Accident Claims we may be able to help you with on legal advice and legal representation, in addition to low-speed side-impact whiplash and other whiplash claims.
However, reach out to us only if you had the diagnosis within the last 3 years.
Unfortunately, cyclists are significantly more vulnerable to personal injury than other types of road users. We assist bikers with their potential compensation claims in the event of an accident.
We know bus accidents result in a range of different injuries.
As a result, whether you were injured as a passenger or driver, the team of advisors at The Compensation Experts offer you the support and guidance you need.
When someone you love dies in an accident that wasn’t their fault, it leaves partners and dependents in financial turmoil.
But with help from The Compensation Experts, you can focus on dealing with your bereavement. Moreover, you don’t have to worry about where the money for funeral arrangements and day to day living expenses will come from.
We can help you determine whether you have grounds to make a motorbike accident claim and, if so, what is the best way for you to proceed. Though less common than other accident, motorbike personal injury extends from road conditions to collisions.
The Compensation Experts know that a taxi accident can result in a range of different injuries – a concussion, bruising, broken bones, even fatality. Thus, we handle the most complex taxi accident cases with sensitivity and regard for the delicate nature of the matter.
Need some help?
Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last 3 years, due to someone else’s negligence, the short answer is yes.
Exceptions to this are for instance industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident you may have a longer period to claim.
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: extent of your injuries, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be keep up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us?
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We assess all claims on a No Win No Fee basis, then we can determine how successful a claim is likely to be. This service is 100% free.
We assess each claim on its merits with the information provide, which aids us determine its likely success rate.
Our dedicated panel are experts in securing compensation no matter the injury.
Our personal injury solicitors are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you while providing expert support every step of the way.
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Each client is provided with their own Personal Injury solicitor who will work on the case from start to finish, being there every step of the way. The client will be provided with a direct phone number and direct email address of the solicitor.
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We specialise in helping low-speed side-impact whiplash victims claim the compensation they deserve.
We work on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay! Once you make contact, our experienced team will work to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to.