Delayed whiplash claims

Introduction

Updated: October 8, 2018

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained in road traffic accidents.Many people who suffer from whiplash find that they feel no pain at the time of the car accident, but symptoms develop several days later.

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Causes of delayed whiplash

In some cases, the delay may relate to the initial shock from the collision. Adrenalin often causes people not to feel pain immediately after a collision, but the pain can increase as the shock subsides.

The pain experienced from whiplash is similar to delayed onset muscle soreness which people often experience after exercise. The muscle pain occurs once the body begins to repair itself, rather than at the time of the activity. Whiplash pains can be felt in the neck, shoulders and back depending on the severity of the collision.

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Medical professionals take delayed whiplash seriously

If someone confirms that they feel fine at the time of the accident, they often think that they will not be believed if they complain of whiplash some days later.

Doctors and medical professionals understand that the symptoms of whiplash might not present themselves until a few days, or even weeks later.

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How are delayed whiplash claims processed?

Road traffic accidents are processed through the Road Traffic Accident Protocol. Notification of the claim is sent to the other side, the Defendant, who then has 15 working days to respond with admission or denial of liability.This strict time line makes the initial claim a quick and simple process.

Ensuring that the correct amount of compensation is claimed is important. Whiplash claims are judged on the severity and longevity of the injury, and on the impact the injury has had on your life.It is recommended that medical advice is sought as soon as possible to understand the extent of the injury.

Expecting a quick recovery, many people affected by whiplash don't realise the severity of their injury until they have spent some time living with pain and restricted mobility.

Quality of life

If you have delayed whiplash symptoms, the injury could affect your quality of life for an extended period of time.

Depending on your lifestyle, age and career, whiplash could prevent you from engaging in certain activities while you recover. Compensation can also be sought for this loss.

You solicitor will assist you to ensure that you are diagnosed correctly, and will help to make a claim for the correct amount of compensation.

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Do I have a delayed whiplash injury claim?

If you suffered a delayed whiplash injury in the last three years (longer if children were involved) and someone else was to blame, then we can probably help you make a compensation claim.

See our Online Claim Eligibility Calculator for a better idea of where you stand.

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Calculate my delayed whiplash compensation

The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our road accident compensation calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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About the author

Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.

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