Whiplash, an injury to the soft tissues of the neck often associated with the jolting experienced in many car accidents, can affect people in many different ways. Sometimes the pain eases within a matter of days or weeks but sometimes the effects can be longer term. Injuries to the neck can be associated with pain elsewhere, particularly the shoulders, arms and lower back.
Our team of injury compensation experts has handled many whiplash claims and understands the importance of exploring fully all the ways in which the pain has affected you and your life – whether it’s causing problems with work or the everyday things such as shopping, driving and childcare.
Whiplash Injury Compensation
While there is no single figure that is “correct” in a legal sense for every injury, there are guidelines to identify ranges of possible awards depending on the type of injury and the severity. The values listed below are for guidance only. A more specific estimate will only be possible once further information is obtained in relation to your injury. The figures below are for only the “pain and suffering” category that a court may award – the figures below do not include any wage loss or other categories of compensation that may or may not be open to you (for more information see What Can I Claim For?)
Minor neck injury
- The range extends from recovery of around 3 months (a few hundred pounds) up to the recovery taking approximately 2 years (£6,000) but note a number of factors are considered.
Moderate neck injury
- Injuries that have accelerated or worsened a pre-existing neck condition over a period of up to 5 years: £6,000 – £10,400
- Soft tissue or disc lesion resulting in chronic condition or serious limitation of movement, permanent or recurring pain: £10,400 – £19,000
- Fractures or dislocations causing severe immediate symptoms and with permanent impaired function and limitation of activities: £19,000 – £29,200
Severe Neck Injury
- Fractures, dislocations or severe damage to soft tissues leading to chronic conditions and significant disability of a permanent nature: £34,500 – £42,500
- Serious fractures or damage to discs in the spine causing disabilities of considerable severity: £50,000 – £99,000
- Resulting in incomplete paraplegia or where permanent severe restriction of movement in the neck – around £112,000
- For the most severe neck injury cases which results in paralysis (quadriplegia or paraplegia): £166,000 – £307,000