Whiplash injury claims

Neck whiplash is painful, and it can severely impact your quality of life. If you have sustained a neck whiplash injury that was not your fault, our specialist solicitors can help you claim compensation. Claiming compensation is a way of trying to seek justice for your suffering. It can cover medical costs, loss of earnings and other expenses.

What is neck whiplash?

Neck whiplash is caused by the head being forcibly and quickly moved backwards and forwards like a whip cracking. Whiplash injuries may involve damage to the muscles, nerves, ligaments and tendons in the neck. This includes sprains, strains, tears, ruptures and soft tissue injuries.

The types of accidents which can cause neck whiplash are trips and falls, sports injuries and car accidents, especially when the rear of the car has been hit.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

Symptoms include neck pain and difficulty moving the head. Whiplash can also cause headaches and pain in the arms and shoulders. It can be a few days before symptoms appear. Symptoms vary from person to person, depending upon the nature of the injury.

A person usually recovers from a whiplash injury within a few weeks, but it can have long-term effects, especially when there has been a serious accident.

Effects include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness
  • Long-term back, neck or jaw pain
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Severe headaches
  • Weakness or numbness in the limbs.

Whiplash can impact your health, finances and general quality of life for a long time. You may have to take time off work or receive ongoing medical treatment.

What is the law surrounding whiplash?

Whiplash can cause severe pain and have a potentially damaging effect on your long-term health.

Unfortunately, in a minority of cases, claims have been exaggerated, resulting in the introduction of new laws that affect all whiplash Claimants.

The Small Claims Court limit for whiplash claims due to road traffic accidents has increased from £1000 to £5000, which means legal costs are not recoverable.

As a result, there are now circumstances where you may no longer engage with a lawyer on a no win no fee agreement if you have been involved in a road traffic accident that involves a whiplash injury.  

In these cases, you may be able to process the claim yourself via an online portal administered by the Ministry of Justice called the Official Injury Claims (OIC) Portal.

However, there are circumstances where engagement with a lawyer on a no win no fee arrangement will be possible

  • if you are a protected party or vulnerable road user
  • if your injuries are extensive and significant

There may be instances where our lawyers may be able to offer to assist on a fixed fee basis or deferred costs payment basis to enable you to pursue your personal injury claim.

It is important to seek reliable advice from our experienced lawyers to avoid unnecessary confusion, distress, and delays in pursuing your claim.

We are committed to helping everyone to receive the justice they deserve, no matter the size of their whiplash claim.

Whiplash is a genuine and painful injury, and if another person has caused your injury, we strongly believe you have the right to claim compensation. 

Should you wish to discuss your accident at Davisons Law, we are happy to assist.

How much compensation can you claim for neck injury in a car accident?

Duration of injury

Compensation range

Not more than 3 months £240-£260
More than 3 months, but not more than 6 months


More than 6 months, but not more than 9 months

£840 - £895

More than 9 months, but not more than 12 months £1,320 - £1,390
More than 12 months, but not more than 15 months £2,040 - £2,125
More than 15 months, but not more than 18 months £3,005 - £3,100
More than 18 months, but not more than 24 months £4,215 - £4,345

You may also be able to claim ‘out of pocket expenses’ if you have suffered financial losses (for example, loss of income or prescription costs).

For severe neck injuries, there are different compensation bands. Compensation for neck injury causing chronic and permanent symptoms can be up to £44,630.

If you have injuries not only to your back, neck or shoulders, you may be able to claim a higher level of personal injury compensation.

Have a question or need some help?

How long do you have to claim?

You usually have three years from the date of your accident to make a whiplash claim. This is the same as all personal injury claims.

There are exceptions to the rule. No time limits apply if you are claiming compensation on behalf of a child or someone who does not have the mental capacity to make a claim.

What information is needed to make a claim?

It is very important to see a doctor as soon as possible after an accident. Not only will your doctor make sure you receive prompt medical treatment, but their evidence can support your whiplash claim.

The next step is to contact a personal injury solicitor. At Davisons, we can explain what evidence is needed, which could include witness statements, photographs of the accident and your injuries.

We recommend you keep a diary of events such as circumstances of your accident, any conversations you had with others regarding your accident and any assistance needed to help you carry out day-to-day tasks.

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Our experienced personal injury solicitors will manage your whiplash compensation claim quickly and efficiently. We will build a strong case to ensure you receive the maximum level of compensation.

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