Whiplash

How Much is a Whiplash Injury Worth?

The most common type of injury in road traffic accidents is whiplash. Whiplash is a soft tissue injury which affects the neck and occasionally the back, as well. It is caused by a sudden jerk motion which most frequently occurs on vehicle impact. This type of injury is quite painful and can have a significant negative impact on the quality of life. The symptoms include neck pain and stiffness, loss of range of motion in the neck, tenderness and pain in shoulders, upper back or arms, fatigue, dizziness, among others. The symptoms of whiplash can take about 48 hours to manifest and can last for several months.

If you suffered a whiplash as a result of a road traffic accident which was not your fault, you can claim compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance. The amount of compensation you can expect depends on the severity of your injury. If the symptoms of your whiplash lasted for 8 weeks, you can expect anywhere between £1,300 and £1,500 in compensation. For injuries lasting 6 months, your compensation should be between £2,100 and £2,200. If your whiplash affected your back as well as your neck, your compensation will increase. In addition, the compensation will cover any expenses you incurred due to your injury, including the cost of the medication, treatment, missed wages, and any additional reasonable expenses you would not have otherwise have.

If you suffered a whiplash injury in a road traffic accident which was not your fault, please get in touch with our Personal Injury experts. LA Law works on the No Win – No Fee basis, meaning that if your claim is not successful, you will not have to pay any legal fees to us (T&C apply). If your claim is successful, we will deduct an industry standard success fee from your compensation. Call us today at 01273 613 300 to discuss your compensation claim.

Social-Media

Social media and road traffic accidents

You have just been involved in a road traffic accident. Regardless of the injuries, you’re quite shaken up. Your first instinct is probably to post about it on your social media accounts, hoping your friends will provide you with some much-needed emotional support.

The problem with social media is that it is available to everyone, including the third party insurer. By posting the details of your accident online, you may inadvertently give the opposing side a wealth of information which they can use against your claim, even if your post seemed innocent. It is their job to use all of the available information, often including social media posts, to construct a story which supports their side of the argument. Photos can be misinterpreted and words can have multiple meanings.

This goes even further than the accident itself. After two miserable and painful weeks following your accident, you decide to venture out of your bed and go grab a drink with friends for half an hour. Your mate snaps a photo and tags you on social media. You come home and realise that, although your pain is now a bit worse, it was worth it because you feel better mentally. The third party insurer, on the other hand, sees the same photo and has a very different thought process. They see someone who has clearly overinflated their claim, as they are out partying during the time they claimed they were in severe pain.

The safest thing to do is to altogether avoid posting about your accident on social media accounts and amend your privacy settings. Setting your profile on private, however, will only slow down their investigation, as they often find a way around privacy settings.

If you need any further advice on how to handle your personal injury claim, please contact LA Law for a free consultation or Tweet us @lalawltd and join in the discussion.