Whiplash Injury Compensation
Whiplash Injury Compensation
Our team specialise in pursuing claims arising out of whiplash injuries for clients in Dublin and all over Ireland.
Of all the personal injuries claims made annually across Ireland, claims for whiplash compensation feature amongst the most frequent.
Though no exact figures are available for the Republic of Ireland, a similar trend is observed in the United Kingdom, where whiplash claims feature in around seventy-five percent of motor insurance claims and approximately 14% of motor insurance premiums.
Whiplash is a frequent consequence of even minor vehicle collisions, as it involves the hyper-extension of the spine at the base of the skull, which causes extensive soft tissue damage at the neck, shoulder and back. Yet they are not solely confined to car accidents, as they are a common consequence of falls.
We specialise in Road Traffic Accident claims including those involving Whiplash injuries. Call us now to speak to one of our team of expert solicitors who will provide you with accurate and impartial advice about your potential claim.
Claiming for Whiplash Compensation
As soon as whiplash has been diagnosed, it is strongly advised that you consult a personal injuries solicitor.
The claim will first need to be made with the Injuries Board Ireland. As you may still be recovering from your accident, you may overlook basic things that should be included in the report – an experienced solicitor will help to ensure that you do not miss any essential information, as well as giving you extra advice on how to maximise your compensation settlement. They will also guide you through any negotiations that take place with insurance companies.
You will be able to claim for both the physical and psychological injuries incurred through your accident, but in addition to these “general damages” you can claim for “special damages”. These will compensate for any financial losses incurred through the recovery process, such as loss of earnings and treatment costs.
Before you can receive a settlement of compensation, liability for your injury must first be attributed to a negligent party.
Many insurance companies will advise their clients to deny liability for accidents, as they want to keep costs to a minimum. If you sustained your whiplash in a car accident that was not your fault, you should be eligible for compensation, though if the negligent driver denies liability the Injuries Board will refuse to assess your case. They will, however, issue authorisation for you to pursue your claim in the courts, but this is an additional lengthy procedure.
Instead, it is often favourable to enter into negotiations with the negligent party. Motor insurance companies, in particular, often approach victims before official negotiations start with the offer of a settlement. Though tempting, it is rarely advisable that one accepts this offer, as the sum will rarely be sufficient for the injuries sustained – the insurance company merely wants to keep costs down.
Instead, you should consult your solicitor, as if you chose to accept a settlement and later find it inadequate, you cannot return to the insurance company and ask for more money.
Whiplash injuries are, regrettably, incredibly common, and their range in severity means that no two people are likely to experience the same symptoms.
If the injury came about through an accident for which you are not at fault, you should be able to claim compensation for the damages – physical, psychological and financial alike – but it is highly advisable that you consult an experienced personal injuries solicitor as soon as the diagnosis is made. He or she will be able to guide you through proceedings and assist you in getting the fullest and fairest settlement possible for your suffering.
Call us now to speak to one of our team of expert solicitors who will provide you with accurate and impartial advice about your potential whiplash claim.
Speak with a Solicitor Now by calling us on 01617 7949.