The Hidden Problems With Making A Whiplash Injury Claim

by allan46 on August 1, 2011

If you’re looking for whiplash solicitors to help you with a whiplash claim in Manchester then you certainly have a wide choice, and you’ll certainly be in safe hands as Manchester is home to a good number of highly qualified and experienced whiplash solicitors who will be able to help advise on your whiplash personal injury claim.

One of the surprising ways in which solicitors can help is by providing much need information which is generally not known or appreciated. Sadly many people every year go without the compensation they deserve and need simply because they misunderstand either the nature and seriousness of the injury, their chances of success with a whiplash injury claim, and the real long term financial implications of having a whiplash injury.

Solicitors will help by asking a number of questions, and will help you start to think about the reality of your situation rather than the blurry and inaccurate impression most people have of what whiplash is, and of what’s involved in making a claim. Every year thousands of people are injured in relatively minor car accidents, from which whiplash symptoms may arise. But there are two issues with this, and both of them are important.

The first issue is that whilst a car accident may seem relatively minor, resulting in only superficial damage to one or both vehicles, it actually doesn’t take much at all to cause whiplash. In fact a vehicle travelling at just 5 miles per hour can easily cause those people in the front vehicle to experience a whiplash injury. 5 miles per hour is nothing – it’s only slightly faster than the average walking speed, and much slower than most joggers move. The majority of whiplash injuries are actually caused by vehicles moving less than 12 miles per hour, and yet this can result in very little vehicular damage at all.

The second issue is that whiplash symptoms aren’t always immediately obvious. In fact you may well step out of a minor rear end shunt, shocked, but otherwise unscathed. After taking a look at the vehicle you may well decide that there’s not enough damage to bother about making a claim on insurance, and so you may decide not to swap insurance details. However, several hours later you could regret this as the symptoms of whiplash can take anywhere from 6 hours to 12 hours to appear, by which time it may be too late to try to get the details of the other vehicle.

This is why it is important to always take down the details of the other vehicle even in relatively minor accidents as it could well turn out to be vital many hours later, or even the next day. These are things which whiplash solicitors know only too well, but there are other issues which they can discuss with you. This includes looking at the reality of the financial implications of having a whiplash injury.

Many people with whiplash are unable to work for several days or weeks, and this can result in a severe loss of earnings. If you’re unable to drive you may need to hire a taxi for getting about, picking the children up from school and such like, and this all adds up. Making a whiplash personal injury claim isn’t about getting extra money – it’s about getting the money you need to help cope with a very difficult, stressful and anxious time. For more information why not talk to one of the whiplash solicitors who can help you make a whiplash claim in Manchester.

If you’d like further information about making a whiplash claim in Manchester then visit CK Claims, specialist solicitors able to offer advice on all aspects of making a whiplash personal injury claim.
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