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The effects of whiplash injuries can be severe and can potentially affect you throughout your life. If you have received a whiplash injury in a road traffic accident, then Hamilton Douglas Legal can help you make a whiplash car accident claim and help you claim compensation. Our whiplash compensation claims are usually handled on a no win no fee basis, to protect our client’s financial interests.
WHAT IS WHIPLASH INJURY?
Whiplash usually occurs when the head and neck are jolted backwards and then forwards, this usually happens if you are involved in a road traffic accident, as a result of the sudden movement a great deal of force and stress is placed on the cervical spine.
A car accident causes neck injuries like these usually, however, it can also occur in different types of accidents.
Medically speaking whiplash is known as cervical acceleration-deceleration (CAD) syndrome.
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SYMPTOMS OF WHIPLASH
As mentioned above the most common type of symptom is neck pain, the pain can radiate to your shoulders and down to the lower back.
Mild symptoms sometimes include pins and needles in the neck area and stiffness, resulting in a poor range of motion.
Moderate and severe symptoms include the above coupled with severe headaches and migraines.
Neck instability and problems with co ordination usually is a sign of severe whiplash.
It is highly recommended to get medical treatment as soon as you suffer a whiplash injury, studies have found that early treatment can speed up recovery by up to 60% in some cases.
HOW LONG DOES WHIPLASH LAST?
If you receive medical treatment early on and your injury wasn’t that severe, you should make a full recovery within a 3-6 month period.
However if your whiplash injury was moderate or severe, a full recovery can take up to a year, in some cases it can take over a year depending on the severity of the accident and impact that you have suffered.
It is advisable to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
The following can also help and aid with recovery:
- Sports massage
At Hamilton Douglas Legal, we provide private Physiotherapy so you don’t have to wait for an appointment with the NHS.
Our private physiotherapy is free at no cost to you, regardless of how many sessions you may need to make a full recovery.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO MAKE A WHIPLASH CLAIM?
According to Scottish Law, you have 3 years in which to intimate a whiplash claim with the at fault party, we advise the claim should be intimated as soon as possible.
If a child under the age of 16 is involved in a road traffic accident, they usually have 3 years to make claim following their 16th birthday.
So why wait? Contact us today to get the compensation you deserve.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE BEFORE I RECEIVE MY COMPENSATION FOR MY WHIPLASH INJURY CLAIM?
Every case is different, there are a number of factors that affect the time it takes to settle a taxi accident injury claim, a few are mentioned below:
- The circumstances of the accident
- Whether the identity of the third party is known
- How long it takes to gather all medical evidence
- The type and length of injuries sustained
- Whether the at fault party accepts liability
CAN I CLAIM FOR A WHIPLASH INJURY?
If your taxi accident took place within the last three years, wasn’t your fault and you suffered injury as a result of it then we can help you make a successful claim for compensation.
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HOW MUCH IS MY CLAIM WORTH?
In general, the more severe your injury and length of suffering, the higher amount of compensation you can expect to receive, this is partly due to the affect it would have had on your lifestyle, social life, work, and in some cases personal relationships. But don’t worry we are here to support and assist you, to get the right help at the right time, this would include private physiotherapists, and professional medical experts.
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GENERAL DAMAGES / SOLATIUM
General damages is the amount awarded for the pain and suffering following an accident, in Scotland this is known as Solatium, interestingly the word Solatium is derived from Latin. Please refer to the Personal Injury Calculator below to see the level of compensation you could expect to receive for Solatium.
LOSS OF EARNINGS
If you have been involved in a taxi accident and suffered injury, you may have to take time off work to help with your recovery, unfortunately in some cases this could lead to a loss or a reduction in wages and/or loss of overtime, in turn this could lead to financial hardship and have an effect on your quality of life, we can help you recover all your loss of earnings from the at fault party as this is your legal right, even if the at fault party was your employer.
SPECIAL DAMAGES (OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES)
Following a whiplash injury you may have incurred additional expenses as a result of the accident, this might include things like damage sustained to your property, clothing, along with transport costs for medical treatment. As all these expenses have incurred as a result of the accident, Hamilton Douglas Legal can recover these costs for you, we strongly advise you to keep all your receipts for your expenses, as these costs may be reimbursed by the third party.
WHY USE HAMILTON DOUGLAS LEGAL AS SOLICITORS FOR YOUR WHIPLASH CLAIM?
We understand what you are going through, which is why we have expert taxi solicitors on our panel, to secure you the maximum amount of compensation, in the shortest possible time, along with all private treatment.
We have one of the largest panel of solicitors, covering the whole of Scotland and ready to assist you in making a No Win No Fee claim, if your claim is unsuccessful you don’t pay us a penny.
Get in touch today on 0141 2801112 to speak to one of our legal advisors, who will be happy to assist you in making a claim, alternatively fill out our short enquiry form, or “Make a Claim” section on the homepage.
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HOW OUR SPECIALIST TEAM HELPS YOU
We have years of experience dealing with road traffic accident claims and getting our clients whiplash injury compensation, which has given us the knowledge that we need to successfully win your case. Our team will gather all of the evidence needed, provide you with best private medical experts, and secure the maximum amount of compensation, we will handle the process from the beginning to the end, keeping you informed every step of the way.