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How long does it take for a whiplash claim to go through?

How long does it take for a whiplash claim to go through?

How Long Should A Whiplash Claim Take? On average, most whiplash claims should be settled in less than six months. However, this timeframe should only be used as an approximation as each claim is different. Every whiplash claim is unique, as is the claim process that follows.

Should you accept first whiplash offer?

Should I accept the first compensation offer? Unless you have taken independent legal advice on the whole value of your claim, you should not accept a first offer from an insurance company.

Do you need a doctor’s note to claim whiplash?

If you wish to make a compensation claim for whiplash, you will need to show medical evidence and documentation of your injuries.

When do I need to claim for whiplash compensation?

The amount of compensation you may be able to claim for whiplash injuries has changed. The introduction of the Civil Liabilities Act on May 31st, 2021, means compensation amounts for whiplash injuries are now based on the length of time you suffer from your injuries.

Is it worth it to get a whiplash settlement?

An early whiplash settlement offer from the third party insurers is very likely to be worth less than the amount you should receive for your whiplash injuries. When you instruct a solicitor to help you with your whiplash settlement claim they will instruct a medical expert to examine you and prepare a report detailing your injuries.

Do you have to go to court for whiplash?

In the vast majority of cases, you will not have to go to court to settle a whiplash claim. Instead, your solicitor will negotiate with the defendant to arrive at an appropriate whiplash settlement. Since going to court will take time and money for both sides, both sides will seek to avoid this outcome where possible.

What happens the next day after whiplash injury?

The next day they allegedly experience even greater pain and visit a medical person who claims that they have been injured. Insurance claim representatives, attorneys, medical, engineering and biomedical experts are then brought in and various conflicting allegations, testimony and opinions are expressed.

Can You claim whiplash from your own insurance?

If you suffer a whiplash injury in an accident that was no fault of yours, you may be entitled to claim whiplash compensation for the pain and suffering caused by the inflicted injuries. In circumstances where you have suffered a whiplash injury because of a negligent road user, you will not be able to claim whiplash from your own insurance.

Is it common to get whiplash in a car accident?

Whiplash is a very common injury. Especially in the case of vehicle accidents, either in a private car, or whilst riding on public transport such as a bus or coach, or whilst in a taxi. Because of this, compensation claims from people seeking damages for a whiplash injury are also very common.

When do you have to use RTA for whiplash?

As things currently stand, there will be two claims ‘portals’ for people to use from April 2020 – one for whiplash claims below £5,000 and one for all other claims. People injured in an RTA will have to instigate and navigate the complex claims process on their own WITHOUT a legal representative – through no choice of their own.

When does the new Whiplash law come into effect?

It is also anticipated that new Government reforms, which are set to launch 31st May 2021. What changes are happening? The Government is committed to increasing the Small Claims Court threshold from £1,000 to £5,000 for Road Traffic Accident claims – including whiplash – as part of its Civil Liability Act reforms.