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Typical Whiplash payout..?
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Old 24-09-2008, 2:09 PM
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Default Typical Whiplash payout..?

Just wondering if anyone has experience of this?



4 Months ago i was rearended by a young driver who was obviously doing something else other than looking forward.

My vehicle was damaged and i have suffered typical whiplash symptoms ,had time off work,had medical treatment etc. My condition is still ongoing.

I have ongoing litigation. I have an expectation as to what a reasonable amount of compensation should be . Any idea/experiences?

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Old 24-09-2008, 3:03 PM
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You should be looking for at least £6500 if not more depending on how long the symptoms lasted.

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Old 24-09-2008, 3:08 PM
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As a passenger, 2 years ago, I was awarded £2,000
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As a passenger, 2 years ago, I was awarded £2,000
Did you get a certificate too? With your name in big writing and covered in sparkly glitter?
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You should be looking for at least £6500 if not more depending on how long the symptoms lasted.

Hmm..well i dont wish to be greedy but their first offer just arrived and i laughed. My symptoms are still ongoing..
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Hmm..well i dont wish to be greedy but their first offer just arrived and i laughed. My symptoms are still ongoing..
careful, you dont wanna increase your lengthy time off with these symptoms by laughing!
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Hmm..well i dont wish to be greedy but their first offer just arrived and i laughed. My symptoms are still ongoing..
Never ever accept their first offer, or their second or their third, unless they are getting close to a reasonable figure. You could call them and tell them what you expect them to pay for your injuries.

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I can fully appreciate that the whole whiplash compo issue does cause some to roll their eyes a little and think of !!!!less people clutching their bad backs whilst they skive of work but let me assure those people that for some of us,it is a serious matter!

For nearly four months now i have endured severe pain in my neck with restricted movement in all directions,had time off work and often struggle even to find a comfortable position in which to sleep. I have now had to start paying privately to see a chiropractor to try and alleviate the symptoms. And why? becuase some giddy girl was either texting,daydreaming or checking her lipstick. Its no wonder that young drivers have such astronomical insurance costs- i,e many of them are wreckless.

Obviously no amount of ££ will make things right but societal and legal convention dicatates that money is the means by which restitution is made.
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When Mrs. Zen was involved in such an incident we asked for (and eventually got) £50 based on 2 trips to the quacks and a days lost earnings.

We had to fight for it though. Why? Because we said we weren't going to bother claiming for the damage to the car as it had so many dents in it one more wasn't going to make a lot of difference.
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my mate got just under 3k, that included comp for not being able to do her usual job at work for a while (she got shunted into an office).
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A work friend of mine had a little prang.

His solicitor advised him to give up his gym membership for 6 months in order to help his case, he was awarded 5K, absolutely nothing wrong with him.
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Obviously no amount of ££ will make things right but societal and legal convention dicatates that money is the means by which restitution is made.
Baaaah.
If money as restitution wasn't "your" issue, wouldn't you be talking about your injury rather than the money you might get as a result of this?
Maybe ask your solicitor or insurer?
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Funnily enough, I have no doubts, that just like the rest of the compo claimers I have seen here (where I work), your injuries will be cured as soon as you get that cheque on the doormat.

It's a great healer and has healed nearly every single patient here who has done the same. The tablets they don't pick up stop, the seeing the GP / Physio stops, all as soon as they have money to spend.

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We were involved in a car accident over 20 years ago. Some idiot jumped a red light whilst reading a map and hit the passenger side (my side). Our new car was wrecked and I suffered severe shock and whiplash but it never entered my head to claim any compensation but things were different in those days.
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..If money as restitution wasn't "your" issue, wouldn't you be talking about your injury rather than the money you might get as a result of this?..
We are not allowed to seek or give medical advice on here so the OP is quite correctly restricting his/her query to financial matters.
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Some of you should give the OP a break.

He/she was just asking if anyone has experience of whiplash claims?

There is a huge difference between claiming compensation for carelessly slipping on a grape in a supermarket to being rammed from behind on the road. The latter was no fault of the OP and he/she deserves to be compensated for the resulting injury, pain, damage to car etc.

I’ve had mild whiplash and that was no fun. Severe whiplash must be very debilitating.
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my mate got just under 3k, that included comp for not being able to do her usual job at work for a while (she got shunted into an office).
Was she shunted into an office when rear ended by a careless driver?
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Apologies OP and Av, for grumpy post last night.
and quite right Av about not asking for medical advice.
I am aware of the debilitating effects of whiplash as suffered from it in an accident in my 20's and now have arthritis as a result.
Don't even think of settling until both you and medical professional are satisfied that injury is stable and no long-term effects will be suffered. Don't go for a quick settlement for the case of cash in your hand now as you won't be able to go back later and claim more if complications arise in future.
If you don't have legal representation, get some now, but not a soliciting (sic) firm where you have to take out a loan to cover possible legal costs. Go for a local Personal Injury specialist advocate if you are able.
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Don't go for a quick settlement for the case of cash in your hand now as you won't be able to go back later and claim more if complications arise in future.
That's very true Careful.

When I was awarded compensation, future problems were taken into account with the award, but not all cases do that, especially if they are settled quickly.

Agree with not accepting the first offer too, but be careful here, because from what I understand, if you don't accept the first offer, and it goes to court, where the judge determines a lower offer, then you could be liable for the other sides costs. This may have changed now :confused: but take legal advice on this as you wouldn't want to make a claim that leaves you out of pocket.

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Baaaah.
If money as restitution wasn't "your" issue, wouldn't you be talking about your injury rather than the money you might get as a result of this?
Maybe ask your solicitor or insurer?

To be fair i did clearly describe my symptoms. As it happens,money is not an issue here as i am in a comparatively well paid job,have plenty of money and can quite happily pursue this claim to the bitter end. All i want is the other party's insurance company to treat this matter with the seriousness it deserves and to stop assuming that i am some skiving cheapskate who they can buy off with a few quid. I want them to recognise that their client was wreckless and also that i have been caused injury as a result. Hopefully they will increase her insurance such that she will pay greater attention in future and it may well save someones life. Now i cant think of any other way in which that restitution or recognition can be made other than in terms of cash. If they want to send me for 3 or 4 weeks holiday with some curative therapies thrown in,fine,I'll take that instead.
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I apologise again OP. I shouldn't have posted with a grumpy head on and post was totally out of character for me.
Please do disregard my first post and, as I've been there and done that, if can of any help or offer any constructive advice, I would would be happy to.
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