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Whiplash Compensation Claims in Northern Ireland

January 25, 2018

At Keenan Solicitors we understand that whiplash type injuries can be extremely painful causing periods of discomfort lasting weeks, months or even years. We also know that they can leave you seriously out of pocket due to expensive medical or physiotherapy treatments and time out of work.

WHAT IS A WHIPLASH INJURY?

Whiplash is an injury that is often caused when two vehicles collide. It can occur when the head is suddenly jolted causing the soft tissues in your neck to over stretch resulting in a variety of symptoms including stiffness,swelling, dizziness, sleep disruption, and nausea. The nature of the injury process and the adrenalin response immediately after an accident means that whilst some people may experience symptoms very quickly for others it may take hours or days for the swelling to occur and the symptoms to become apparent. If you are lucky the symptoms will recover relatively quickly however it is entirely possible tha the symptoms can last for months or even years.

 

WHAT CAN I CLAIM COMPENSATION FOR?

At Keenan Solicitors we have been recovering compensation for clients involved in road accidents for over twenty years and are very well placed to use that experience to obtain the best possible award for you. Whiplash compensation awards (and personal injury awards in general) are broken into two main areas:

- General damages - put simply these are for the pain and suffering that you experience and the effect that it has on your life. At Keenan Solicitors we will obtain evidence from experienced and respected doctors who will examine you and prepare reports setting out the history of your injury and advising as to the likely length of time that you will suffer from symptoms. We will use this evidence to negotiate with the other side's insurers or solicitors. Our long experience in this field and in depth knowledge of the up to date awards in the courts will help ensure that you are in the best place possible to receive a fair and generous award.

-Special damages - these relate to out of pocket expenses such as:

loss of earnings or bonus

travel expenses

physiotherapy

hospital or doctor's expenses (including travel and parking fees)

additional household expenses ( such as gardening or cleaning)

There may also be other costs that you incur as a result of a whiplash injury and we will advise you whether you can recover them from the other side.

 

AVERAGE LEVEL OF COMPENSATION FOR A WHIPLASH INJURY CLAIM

Levels of compensation for the injury itself (general damages) are based on guidelines issued by the Judicial Studies Board for Northern Ireland and can range from £750 for a motor whiplash injury up to £50,000 at the top end of the scale. Our experience will ensure that we engage the correct medical professionals to report and will allow us to negotiate the best possible award on your behalf.

 

WHIPLASH CLAIMS SOLICITORS

We are based in Belfast but have acted for victims of road traffic accidents from all over Northern Ireland for over twenty years and will be glad to discuss your accident and entitlement to compensation. Just give us a call on free phone 08000 929994 or fill in an enquiry form and we will get back to you promptly. We will always try to work around you and are happy to either discuss the case over the phone, on-line, with a meeting in our office or your home or by FaceTime.   

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