Can You Get Whiplash in a Low-Speed Collision?
Questions about whiplash injury compensation claims are some of the most frequent we hear at The Compensation Experts. Whiplash is a common injury sustained in car accidents, and it is possible to get whiplash during a low-speed collision. The injury occurs when the head and neck are thrown quickly out of alignment, stretching beyond what is their normal range of movement. It is not the speed which causes the injury, but the way in which you suddenly stop – almost as if your body stays still, but your neck and head keep moving.
Low-speed collisions – sometimes referred to as low-velocity impacts, or LVI – can be even more dangerous than high-speed accidents in the way that injuries are not always immediately apparent. Fractures, dislocations, and bruising are visible, but the effects of whiplash may not be felt for 24 to 48 hours after an accident.
Whiplash symptoms to be alert for include:
- Soreness and tenderness of neck and shoulders
- Reduced movement in head and neck
- Dizziness and a sense of imbalance
- A headache with the centre of the pain focused on the base of the skull
Whiplash can also cause fatigue, depression, mood swings, and difficulty concentrating or remembering details.
If you suffer from any of these symptoms in the days after your low-speed collision, then seek medical advice so that whiplash can be diagnosed and treated, or ruled out as a cause.
Whiplash at Low Speeds
Although injuries tend to be more severe when they occur after a high-speed collision, whiplash can still happen in a low-speed accident including from contact when playing sports or as the result of a slip or fall.
Compensation for Whiplash Injuries
The Compensation Experts can help you claim damages for whiplash regardless of whether the impact took place at low, moderate, or high speed. The severity of whiplash is considered when calculating payment. Whiplash compensation can range from £750 for mild cases up to £13,500 for claims where the victim has with lifelong neck and shoulder pain, headaches, limited movement, and where they have had to take a significant amount of time off work 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. Compensation can also take into account any lost earnings, as well as incidental expenses you have incurred as the result of your injury, like travel expenses or prescription costs.
What to Do if You Have Suffered Whiplash
The first thing to do if you believe you have whiplash is to seek medical advice either from your GP or nearest Accident & Emergency department. They can diagnose your condition and prescribe treatment. Make a note of any medical appointments you have, and keep a record of your symptoms so your personal injury solicitor can use these when proposing a compensation amount.
Call The Compensation Experts today and speak with an advisor who will be able to give you free, no-obligation advice about claiming compensation for your whiplash injury.
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