Whiplash Compensation & Neck Injury Claims
Whiplash injuries are very common and potentially very serious. Neck injuries are usually caused by car accidents, often as a result of a car being hit from behind. Many people do not fully understand that these injuries can be severe and long-lasting.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is the name given to an injury caused by the sudden, sharp and involuntary backwards and forwards movement of the head, neck or spine, often caused by a rear end traffic collision or the positioning of a seat belt during an accident.
What Sort of Problems Does Whiplash Cause?
Whiplash or severe neck injuries may be characterised by:
• Persistent pain in the back, neck or shoulder
• Stiffness or numbness
• Temporary or long-lasting paralysis
• A fracture
• Aching muscles
Whiplash injuries can be debilitating, and can take a long time to heal. If you are unable to work or carry out normal daily tasks, you may be eligible for compensation. Whiplash can resolve itself within a matter of weeks, but some injuries of this type can take years to heal or may not ever be entirely resolved.
Can I Claim Compensation for Whiplash or a Neck Injury?
Compensation claims for whiplash type neck injuries are very common. Minor injuries are frequently awarded compensation of up to €15,000.00. If a whiplash injury persists and does not heal within a reasonable period of time awards of compensation may be substantially in excess of €15,000.00.
If you feel that you may have cause to make a whiplash or neck injury claim*, you should keep records of all your medical treatment and documentation, and seek advice from a personal injury solicitor before you apply to the Personal Injuries Board in Ireland. Here at S.T. O’Sullivan & Co Solicitors, we specialise in this type of claim and will be pleased to advise you regarding your case.
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or a proportion of any award or settlement.