Right now, whiplash claims are very popular in the United Kingdom. One of the reason for this being is that thousands of British are getting involved in car accidents every year.
What is whiplash injury? Whiplash injury occurs when the person's neck, for instance driver's, moves suddenly forward and backward as a result of his or her vehicle getting in collision with another. The impact, contrary to what you might believe, doesn't need to be high impact and the speed of the two vehicles is not necessarily great for whiplash to happen.
When it comes to symptoms of a whiplash, the victim will commonly start experiencing them a few days after the car accident, although they may not be immediate. In fact, courts in U.K. give 3 years during which a person can make a whiplash claim with the insurance company. If that time has passed and the claim hasn't been made, the person has effectively forfeited the whiplash claim.
Since whiplash symptoms can be very painful and otherwise discomforting, it is best if you start with treatment early on. Also, don't forget that your medical records will play a major role in getting your whiplash claim approved.
What do you need to do if you were in a car accident?
1. Report the accident to the police
It is important to report the whole incident to the police. DO this even if you don't have any visible injuries (such as bruises or cuts). The police officer that comes to the scene is responsible for obtaining evidence on the place of the accident and any other details that will aid you when you make a whiplash claim such as witness statements and the accounts of all involved in the accident. If there were two vehicle's, yours and the other, that means you and your passengers and the other driver and his or her passengers.
2. Get medical help
Even if you were fortunate enough to get by without any serious injuries, you should still seek medical aid. The doctor will examine you and if he finds any symptoms of whiplash, advise you to come back for treatment. Make sure that you obtain the doctor's written statement that you went to him immediately after the accident, This will make your whiplash claim genuine.
3. Gather details and evidence
Albeit the police will gather evidence on the scene of the accident, you should do this as well. Obtain details (such as name, address, phone number and licence plate) of the other driver or drivers. You will need to be able to reach them if whiplash symptoms start occurring.. Also, don't neglect to get written statements from witnesses and their personal information.
Special damages include: renting a car while yours is not operational, medical attention and more. Make sure that you keep track of all expenses following a whiplash accident and even keep receipts.
What to do when You Start Feeling Whiplash Symptoms?
If you start feeling any symptoms such as headaches, neck pain or dizziness after a car accident you are probably suffering from whiplash symptoms. Contact your doctor again and tell him about this to begin treatment. If he attest that the symptoms are indeed the result of the collision, you can proceed with the next step.
Find a professional and reliable whiplash claims solicitor. They will help you obtain the compensation you deserve after the accident.