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 Whiplash injury compensation

Whiplash injury compensation

Our Personal Injury team specialises in whiplash compensation claims and has substantial experience supporting clients and their families.

Overview

Claim for whiplash injuries with no win no fee

Road traffic accidents are the main cause of whiplash injuries. Whiplash is a term that describes a neck injury caused by a sudden movement of the head forwards, backwards or sideways. After a road traffic accident, it can take a while (6 to 12 hrs) for the symptoms of Whiplash to develop.

Road traffic accidents often result in Whiplash because a sudden stopping force of a collision makes the head move violently. The vigorous movement of the head overstretches and damages the tendons and ligaments in the neck.

Our specialist Road Traffic Injury lawyers will intimate the details of your whiplash claim as quickly as possible after the accident. The details of the accident and injury will be sent to the insurance company who represents the person at fault.

We have one of the largest personal injury departments in Scotland with over 25 personal injury specialists covering the whole of Scotland with offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Thurso and Lerwick, and we offer a no win no fee.

FAQs

Common questions about claiming for whiplash injuries
What are the common symptoms of whiplash?

Answer

These include:

  • neck pain and stiffness
  • tenderness over the neck muscles
  • reduced and painful neck movements
  • headaches

The long term effects of a Whiplash injury can make it difficult for you to carry out daily activities, enjoy your leisure time, and at worst may result in an inability to work and can lead to further issues.

How to claim for whiplash?

Answer

Our specialist Road Traffic Injury lawyers will intimate the details of your whiplash claim as quickly as possible after the accident. The details of the accident and injury will be sent to the insurance company who represents the person at fault.

Some motor insurers will often try to settle your injury claim directly with you and this can mean that you can receive less compensation than you should. If we represent you we will advise you appropriately should this happen.

We will ingather details of your losses, any documents that we need to prove your case and will contact witnesses as soon as possible.

How long do I have to claim after suffering whiplash?

Answer

The time limit for settling a case is usually three years after the accident. However, in terms of the compulsory Scottish pre-action protocol, your claim should be intimated as soon as possible.

If a child suffers whiplash the timescale will be three years following their 16th birthday.

No win no fee – funding your injury claim

Answer

For clients who do not have the benefit of Legal Expense Insurance (“LEI”), we deal with claims on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning you pay nothing if your case is unsuccessful. Even if you have LEI there is no requirement for you to accept the solicitors chosen by your insurers. You have the right to “freedom of choice” if you feel they do not have the expertise for your claim or even the right location.

A No Win No Fee agreement is also known as a confidential fee agreement which is an agreement you make with us so that you can make your personal injury claim without having to put up any legal fees upfront. So if your claim is unsuccessful the agreement states you will not have to pay any fees, helping to relieve any stress or worry throughout the claim process.

In addition to our No Win No Fee service we can access support, medical care, and help for you and your family due to the relationships we have with support groups in Scotland and have offices throughout Scotland – Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Thurso, Elgin, and Lerwick. We will fight for justice and fairness, we will do the hard work for you and are committed to making a positive difference.”

What can be included in my whiplash claim?

Answer

We will ensure that you recover accident compensation not only for your whiplash injury but we can also claim for general out of pocket expenses, loss of earnings and care and assistance required.

When can I make a whiplash claim?

Answer

  • If the accident was in the last three years
  • If someone else was at fault
  • If you have suffered injury and/or been off work as a result of the accident
  • If you are out of pocket for miscellaneous expenses
Why use Harper Macleod for your whiplash claim?

Answer

We are Road Traffic Accident injury experts and have one of the largest personal injury departments in Scotland with over 25 personal injury specialists covering the whole of Scotland, offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Thurso, and Lerwick, and we offer a no win no fee.

Our clients are at the heart of everything we do and we will go the extra mile to secure justice and fairness for those we represent.

We will go further and work harder to ensure you get the best possible service and outcome.

Our clients have scored us 10 out of 10 for client satisfaction.

9 out of 10 customers would use us again and recommend us to friends & family.

Testimonials

“Staff are really friendly and down to earth. They break everything down perfectly so you understand everything that is going on. Communication was amazing and I would just like to thank Laura Gallagher who did all of the above and much more making it as easy and effortless as possible for myself. Highly recommended” – HM client

– HM client

“I would just like to thank Marina Harper and Harper Macleod for all your work since my accident. It’s been a long process thanks to covid but I appreciate all your efforts in getting my claim through. Just want to reiterate that this hasn’t been a process prior I had any knowledge in, so thank you for taking the time to respond to my emails and questions I have asked to understand the process.”

– HM client

“Richard Steell’s hard work and dedication on my case has removed the stress from my accident aftermath and resulted in a fair result.”

– HM client

“Routinely represents household insurance companies and individual consumers in claims related to fatal and catastrophic road traffic accidents, employer’s liability accidents and public liability injuries, as well as disease work.”

– The Legal 500 2022

“Heather Calderwood handles catastrophic injury and fatal claims following RTAs and workplace accidents. She also advises on employers’ liability and occupational disease matters.” Clients comment “She is absolutely excellent and does a great job for her clients. Nothing is ever too much trouble for her.”

– Chambers UK 2022

“Well-regarded team with considerable experience in employers’ and public liability and industrial disease actions.”

– Chambers UK 2022

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