It’s hard to say exactly how long a whiplash claim will take because every case is different. Generally it will depend on whether or not the other side admits fault, and how severe your injuries are.
If your whiplash injury is relatively minor and the other side admits fault, your claim could be settled within a matter of months.
How Long Does a Whiplash Claim Take?
The amount of time it takes to settle a whiplash claim will depend on circumstances such as:
- Whether the other side admits fault – if the person/organisation responsible for causing your whiplash admits liability, your claim is likely to settle faster than if liability is denied.
- How severe your injuries are – it’s important not to settle your claim until the full extent of your injuries are known, or you might not receive the correct amount of compensation. So if your injuries are severe, it will be necessary to wait until a medical expert has confirmed your prognosis.
- If the driver at fault cannot be traced – if you’re the victim of a hit and run, the process may take longer while the police attempt to locate the individual.
If your whiplash injuries are relatively minor and the other side admits fault, your claim could be settled within a matter of months. It’s possible to reach a faster resolution in whiplash claims because they are usually taken through the Claims Portal. This is a tool that helps to streamline personal injury claims with a value of between £1,000 and £25,000.
Even if there are issues that slow down the progress of your claim, most whiplash claims will be settled in under 9 months. However, this is only a guideline and some whiplash claims can take longer.
How Long Do I Have to Make a Whiplash Claim?
Like other types of personal injury claims, whiplash claims must be made within three years of the accident. This means that you shouldn’t wait too long before speaking to a Personal Injury Solicitor.
Whiplash injuries are commonly associated with road accidents. Whiplash happens when a sudden impact throws your head forwards, before it rapidly ‘whips’ backwards. This movement can damage the soft tissue around your neck, resulting in pain and poor mobility.
If you have suffered whiplash in an accident for which someone else is to blame, you could make a claim for compensation. The person at fault might be another road user, or if you were a passenger it might be the driver of the vehicle in which you were travelling.