Whiplash injury is caused by hyper extension of the neck. This is when the neck moves suddenly backwards and forwards or side-to-side, most commonly as a result of a collision between two vehicles. Although the majority of whiplash injuries occur as a result of rear-end collisions, they can also occur in head-on or side-on incidents.
Unfortunately, far from only being a relatively "minor" car accident injury, whiplash can actually have serious, long-lasting and debilitating consequences.
If you have sustained a whiplash injury in an accident in the Scottish Borders and believe that the incident was at least in part attributable to the actions of another party, Thompsons Solicitors can help you claim compensation for your pain, suffering, losses and expenses.
This type of claim is very common—in fact, around 1,500 claims for whiplash are made in the UK every day – and Thompsons personal injury lawyers have whiplash claim specialists in our Borders office to help you ensure your rights.
Assessing your whiplash claim
Not all whiplash injuries are the same. While some are treatable with anti-inflammatory painkillers and a few days rest, others can take more than a year to heal, while the most severe may even develop into a chronic condition and persist over many years.
It is important to take medical advice at the earliest opportunity. Not only can this help you with your treatment, but early medical assessment can be useful in establishing a clear picture of your injuries so that you stand the best possible chance of getting the full compensation required to help you and your family cope with the financial impact of your injury.
Why make a whiplash claim?
As we mentioned earlier, not all whiplash injuries are the same, so your motivation for claiming may be different to those of another pursuer.
However, the majority of whiplash claims in the Borders will be to seek compensation for neck pain, reduced mobility, stiffness, inflammation, dizziness, headaches and secondary symptoms, such as those affecting the arms. Such symptoms can persist and in many cases many require many hours of specialist treatment such as physiotherapy.
The largest proportion of compensation for your whiplash is usually to provide redress for pain and suffering. However, other factors are also accounted for, including:
- the amount of time you have had to take off work
- the value of your lost earnings
- whether family members have also been adversely affected by your injury
- the cost of your medical and other expenses
If a whiplash injury has caused any of the above you should certainly contact our personal injury solicitors in the Borders to see if we can help.
The first thing you should do if you are experiencing neck pain following a road traffic accidents is to visit your GP or A&E department for advice, diagnosis and treatment options. Your practitioner's questions together with X-rays and scans can help reveal the severity of your injury as well as any other possible injuries. These assessments will be recorded and reference can be made to them in the event you decide to make a Borders whiplash claim.
If you are diagnosed with a whiplash injury, it is important that you do not rush to return to your normal level of professional and personal capability as, ultimately, doing so may impede your recovery time. Be sure to consult your GP and listen to the advice given regarding when it is prudent for you to return to work.
Thompsons personal injury solicitors
Thompsons is one of the leading personal injury solicitor firms in Scotland. We have a proven pedigree in achieving compensation for claimants and each week secure around £1 million in compensation for our clients, winning more than 90% of the cases we take on.
Call Thompsons Scotland today or use the contact buttons at the bottom right-hand side of this page to get your whiplash claim underway with the solicitors in our Galashiels office.