Whiplash compensation – How much can I claim?

As with any other type of personal injury claim, whiplash compensation will vary substantially from one case to the next. When setting the value of whiplash claims, the courts must consider the severity of injuries and their impact on the claimants.

This process can include an examination of any relevant direct and indirect losses, such as medical expenses and loss of earnings. Therefore, it is impossible to accurately determine how much whiplash injury compensation can be awarded in any given case; furthermore, even when it may be possible to formulate a realistic expectation, the court retains the privilege to surprise all those concerned. Notwithstanding this, it is possible to outline a rough estimation as to what damages may be awarded in whiplash injury claims.

It is important to note that whiplash is a condition that is routinely categorised according to the severity of its symptoms. Some systems may adopt a simple classification for whiplash, such as: mild, moderate or severe. Other systems may require a more precise classification of whiplash on a scale of 0-4, with 0 denoting no physical symptoms and 4 describing a serious injury such as a fracture or dislocation.

Mild whiplash injury claims might be expected to attract compensation in the region of £1,000 to £4,500; moderate whiplash injuries can be worth up to £14,500; and compensation for severe whiplash injuries may be as high as £85,000 or more.

Whiplash claims are commonplace in traffic accidents, so obtaining the services of a specialist solicitor who is experienced in dealing such claims is vital in securing the maximum compensation available.