Can You Get Whiplash in a Low-Speed Collision?
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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 is a common injury in car accidents, but also in other speed impact situations. Our law firms work with you if 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. Both head and neck are thrown quickly out of alignment, stretching beyond a normal range of movement. 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), actually present more danger to a victim than high-speed accidents. That is because the injuries are not always immediately apparent. Fractures, dislocations, and bruises may exist, but other whiplash effects may not appear until 24-48 hours after an accident.
Whiplash symptoms that are slow to develop include:
- Soreness and tenderness of neck and shoulders.
- Reduction of movement in the head and the neck.
- Dizziness and 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, seek medical advice. 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
When you suffer a high-speed collision, injuries can 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 due to a slip or fall.
Compensation for Low-Speed Side-Impact Whiplash Injuries
The Compensation Experts can help you claim whiplash damages, regardless of impact speed. 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 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 expenses you have 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 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.
Unfortunately, cyclists are more vulnerable to personal injury than other types of road users. We assist bikers with their potential 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 ranges from road conditions to collisions.
The Compensation Experts know that a taxi accident can result in a range of injuries – a concussion, bruising, broken bones, even fatality. Thus, we handle taxi accident cases with sensitivity and regard for the delicate nature of the matter.
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. In these cases you may have a longer period to claim.Find out more
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can also differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure. These include: extent of your injuries, loss of earnings, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.Find out more
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. They will then notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be up to date every step of the way.Find out more