Understanding The Calculation Made To Work Out Compensation In A Whiplash Accident Claim

by feedster on June 24, 2017

One of the most common injuries that people seek injury compensation for is whiplash, which is usually sustained during motor accidents. Whiplash injuries can cause severe discomfort and greatly restrict the injured party’s capabilities. This article looks at the different options available to someone seeking to bring an accident claim following a whiplash injury and the ways in which compensation is calculated.

Making a Settlement Agreement

The first option that you have when pursuing a whiplash accident claim is to enter into a settlement agreement directly with the other driver’s insurance company. Due to the fact that this approach does not require the claimant to employ a solicitor it will usually result in a speedy settlement. Injured drivers that tend to take this route when pursuing an accident claim are ones that have only suffered relatively minor injuries. If you do decide that this is the right option for you; take some time to read properly the settlement agreement before adding your signature. Agreements such as this often certain conditions; one common one being that the claimant cannot try to re-open the case at a later time to seek further damages.

Claims Involving a Solicitor

Where the injury has been more severe it is usually the best option to seek a solicitor to represent your case. By doing this you are then able to pursue General Damages and Special Damages. The level of compensation awarded for the General Damages part of the claim is calculated by taking into consideration any physical, psychological and emotional suffering. The level of compensation will be guided by the amounts awarded in previous cases where similar injuries were sustained. The Special Damages part of the claim focuses on carer costs, loss of earnings, medical treatment and car hire costs. If you are considering seeking Special Damages as part of your accident claim then it is advisable to hang on to receipts for any costs incurred.

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