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Whiplash Claim Amounts

Whiplash Claim Amounts


Whiplash compensation amounts are calculated according the nature and extent of your injury, the financial cost of your injury, the impact the injury has on your quality of life and any quantifiable psychological trauma you have suffered.

With four different factors to consider, whiplash compensation amounts can vary considerably from claimant to claimant. Consequently it is always in your best interests to discuss how much compensation for whiplash you are entitled to with a solicitor.

Call us now for an impartial discussion about your accident and whether you have a valid claim. There is no obligation or pressure to proceed with a claim so call us now on freephone 1-800 844 306.

Whiplash Compensation Amounts for Physical Injuries

Because of their nature, physical whiplash injuries are particularly difficult to diagnose.

Despite this, the Book of Quantum – a publication used by the Injuries Board to help calculate whiplash compensation amounts – list several different grades of physical whiplash injuries and assigns then a financial value according to the expected recovery period.

The financial values currently range from “up to” €15,700 for an injury from which you have substantially recovered, to a maximum of €77,900.

How much compensation for whiplash you may be awarded within these values can vary according to several factors. If the accident in which you sustained a physical whiplash injury exacerbated and/or accelerated the deterioration of an existing condition, how much compensation for whiplash you receive is usually increased.

If you have contributed to the extent of your injury by failing to seek professional medical attention in good time, whiplash compensation amounts are reduced.

Financial Costs, Quality of Life and Psychological Traumas

Unlike whiplash compensation amounts for physical injuries, calculating the financial cost of your accident is an exact science. You will be able to recover any loss of income or costs you have incurred that are directly related to your whiplash injury.

Claims for the financial cost of your accident are known as “Special Damages” and have to be supported by wage slips and receipts. You should be able to recover any justifiable costs for expenses relating to:

  • Travel – if you are unable to drive and have to use public transport or a taxi service.
  • Hospital Visits – includes the costs of parking and sustenance while waiting to be seen.
  • Treatment Costs – if you have to pay for any treatment or any medication prescribed for you.
  • Care Costs – can be recovered if you need help with your day-to-day living during your recovery.
  • Sundry Costs – such as paying for a taxi to do the school run because you are unable to drive.

You will also be able to recover whiplash injury compensation for any verifiable reduction in your quality of life as a result of your injury, and any quantifiable psychological trauma you have suffered.

These factors include the inability to pursue the same level of social activity you enjoyed before your accident, and any loss of confidence you have suffered if – for example – you are unable to drive for a period after your accident. Your solicitor will explain how to account for these factors.

How Much Compensation for Whiplash Insurers Like to Pay

Insurance companies are often quick to blame rising car insurance premiums on whiplash compensation amounts. They are equally as quick to make unsolicited offers of compensation to claimants injured in road traffic accidents without any consideration the four factors mentioned above.

You should always remember the main concern of an insurance company is its profits. It will take whatever steps necessary to pay minimal whiplash compensation amounts as often as possible.

As how much compensation for whiplash you receive may affect your ability to support your family, you should always receive professional legal advice about whiplash compensation amounts.

If the Injuries Board assessment of your claim is to low, it can always be contested in court. If you accept an inappropriate settlement of whiplash injury compensation from an insurance company, and it proves inadequate to support your family, you cannot go back and ask for more.

Call us now for an impartial discussion about your accident and whether you have a valid claim. There is no obligation or pressure to proceed with a claim so call us now on freephone 1-800 844 306.

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